United States votes to renew surveillance law

In the four years since Snowden blew the lid off U.S. surveillance overseas the number of targets the U.S. is monitoring around the globe has steadily increased. (Den

The US House of Representatives has voted to extend by another six years the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance programme - allowing spying on both Americans and foreigners to continue.

Section 702 does not allow officials to spy on Americans or people in the states, but "the FISA Amendment Act allows the government to collect data from American firms, such as Google or Microsoft".

This move was made after the House voted 256 to 164 in favour of the bill following a series of tweets by Trump, wherein he questioned his own administration supporting the programme and yet again criticising the bill.

The FISA provision in question is a key tool used by the USA intelligence community to conduct foreign surveillance within the U.S. The amendment would have barred the federal government from knowingly collecting communications exclusively between Americans, and required the federal government to seek a warrant to search communications collected using FISA authority. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he intends to block any such legislation in the Senate. Among them was a requirement that officials get warrants in most cases before hunting for and reading emails and other messages of Americans swept up under the programmme.

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Instead, the greater threat to the fate of Section 702 came from the president himself, in a series of contradictory and seemingly misinformed tweets he fired off after watching a segment about the bill on the Fox News Channel.

"House votes on controversial FISA ACT today", Trump tweeted.

While Trump's displeasure stemmed from his understanding that FISA was used in the creation of Christopher Steele's famed Trump dossier, the act is more generally used to pursue foreign terrorists.

Trump's original tweet enraged Democrats who have been working with moderate Republicans to reauthorize the legislation.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called on Ryan to pull the bill from the floor after Trump's first tweet, an aide told The Hill and The New York Times.

Republicans seemed undeterred by Democrats' demands, going ahead with planned votes on the bill and a sole amendment to it on Thursday.

Trump's flip flopping on FISA echoes yesterday's attempt to frame the President as a competent policy guy who can run the country. As such, the vote isn't expected to be a hurdle for proponents of the law. He quickly issued another tweet stepping away from the first. "The American public deserves a full and transparent debate, and members of the Senate deserve to have the same opportunity as did members of the House to discuss and amend legislation reforming this vital surveillance tool". "FISA is something the President should have known about long before he turned on Fox this morning". Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted after Trump's post. But less than two hours later, the president appeared to reverse himself, telling lawmakers to "Get smart!"

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