Paul calls for filibuster of surveillance bill

Paul calls for filibuster of surveillance bill

"A concerted campaign of fear-mongering and misinformation pushed this flawed bill over the line", said Senator Ron Wyden, one of the most vocal critics of the law.

Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to legalize a warrantless surveillance program that was created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to The New York Times.

But in his first tweet Thursday, Trump wrote: "House votes on controversial FISA ACT today".

Its sales reflect "rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the global community", the article said.

In a later tweet, Trump appeared to soften his position, saying the vote concerned "foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. I was confused by those tweets as well", said Sen. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, and Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, would also have ended incidental collection of information on Americans. And I think we know that at least some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and officials involved in the process were anti-Trump partisans alarmed at the prospect of Trump defeating Clinton.

Because of the confusion, Chief of Staff John Kelly was dispatched to the Hill to save legislation the White House supported.

"The president's pingpong on attitudes toward the FISA renewal suggests to me that he doesn't fully understand the issue, which is complicated even for experts to understand", said John McLaughlin, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Eventually, Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and they spoke for a half-hour.

Senior Democrats urged cancellation of the vote following Mr Trump's post. The anxiety continued until House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stood up and handed his cellphone to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who read aloud the president's second tweet voicing support for the bill.

The FISA-created procedure, enacted in defiance of the Fourth Amendment - which makes no distinction between government evidence gathering and government intelligence gathering - permits a secret court in Washington to issue general warrants based on the government's need to gather intelligence about national security from foreigners among us.

It was a striking contradiction between Trump's dueling identities as a man, often guided by impulses, grievances and what he sees on television, and Trump the president, responsible for taking a broader view of government and security issues.

And they follow a simmering feud that Trump has waged with the CIA and other intelligence agencies since before he took office.

Earlier, the House rejected a measure to impose stiffer restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Senior government officials can ask spy agencies to "unmask" the names of Americans or USA organizations if they think it will help them better understand the underlying intelligence. Republicans have raised concerns that the names of Trump campaign officials were "unmasked" by the Obama administration in transcripts of conversations with Russian officials.

FBI Director Christopher Wray says the law is a valuable tool for the fighting terrorism.

Since the Snowden revelations in 2013, the public learned that Section 702 has been used unlawfully and in ways that was never intended.

The government asserts that it has a right to search through data collected under Section 702 for information about Americans - whom the government is not supposed to target under Section 702 - without a warrant.

The revised law would restrict the use of data collected under Section 702 in some criminal prosecutions of US citizens.

The Senate voted Thursday to proceed to the bill reauthorizing Section 702. His tweets came shortly after a "Fox and Friends" segment that highlighted the FISA program, calling it "controversial".



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