The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance

The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance.

The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance.

The bill now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Today, the Senate voted 65-34 to extend FISA for another six years (a year longer than the 2012 extension extension, and two years longer than the original bill's four year-term). "We would like to see more protections for Americans and we would like to see that the Constitution is adhered to as it was meant to be".

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said the bill's biggest shortcoming was the lack of a warrant requirement when the government searches for some intercepts of Americans' communications.

As someone whom has been standing on the front-lines against Government mass surveillance and whom has publicly called the Department of Homeland Security and other domestic agencies/spying programs both "illegal" and "un-Constitutional" for various reasons over the years, I want to take the time to report on a controversial decision reached by the US Senate earlier today.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., referred on Tuesday to the program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008, as "the single most important national security tool we have".

Trump later sent a tweet more clearly backing the measure, and the House passed it 256-164.

He added that if intelligence is to be collected from American citizens, the government should "get a warrant from a judge".

Congress is racing a Friday deadline, when Section 702 was slated to expire.

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He also charged against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran, saying they represented threats to the United States . It harkens back to the Cold War-era where the USA and Soviet Union projected power and military might around the globe.

Schumer's call left the Senate's vote in unexpected limbo for approximately 90 minutes, as leaders awaited the late arrival of Sens.

While members of the intelligence community have voiced their support for the extension of Section 702, others have criticized it for allowing the government to infringe upon the privacy of Americans.

Some conservative, libertarian-leaning Republicans and liberal Democrats attempted to persuade colleagues to include more privacy protections. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democratic Sen.

Section 702 allows US spy agencies to eavesdrop on foreign electronic and digital communications, including those sent through companies like Facebook, Google and Verizon, in order to gather information on foreign targets.

In a letter to fellow senators circulated on January 12, Senators Paul, Wyden, Mike Lee (R-UT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urged their colleagues to oppose the reauthorization of Section 702: "It endorses the possibility that the government will resume "about" collections on Americans, a practice that the government was actually forced to abandon a year ago due to significant noncompliance with privacy protections ordered by the FISA Court".

If the NSA was targeting the terrorist group ISIS, for example, any Americans simply talking about ISIS could find their communications collected by the government, said Goitein. However, because these Federal investigations are so large and can encompass so many people, many United States citizens accidentally get caught up in surveillance records tied to these FISA investigations.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian proxies, for example, were discovered through 702 surveillance mechanisms, after what some say was a deliberate act from Obama administration officials during the transitional period.

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