What Is the FISA Act and Section 702?

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On Thursday morning, the U.S. president tweeted that the programme had been used by the Obama administration to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign".

The Trump administration backed the extension of a surveillance program created to spy on foreign citizens outside the US, but President Trump himself didn't sound so insane about it - suggesting in a tweet Thursday that the law allowed illegal surveillance of his presidential campaign.

"The USA Rights Act reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end warrantless backdoor searches of Americans' calls, emails, texts and other communications that are routinely swept up under a program created to spy on foreign targets", said Poe.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 256-164 to pass legislation renewing the National Security Agency's warantless surveillance program for the next six years on January 11, according toThe New York Times. And the White House statement Wednesday night going on record against that amendment was a further effort to make it clear Trump supported the bill and not the effort to kill it with major changes.

CNN reported that a FISA warrant was used to surveil former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort in 2016.

He said that "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

It is unclear what the dossier has to do with unmasking or the reauthorization of the spying programme, but Trump has been repeatedly denouncing it in recent days.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump spoke following his first tweet on FISA, according to a source familiar.

Later on, NBC's Hallie Jackson challenged Sanders by saying emphatically that Trump's tweets were confusing, and she asked how can White House officials be trusted to represent Trump's policy positions.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster all convened in the Oval Office with the president to urge him to row back his criticism.

The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a years-long debate in Congress on the proper scope of USA intelligence collection - one fueled by the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It would have required the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a warrant to continue even querying the database where Americans' communications are involved. "It is well-known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law", said Ryan, who went on to acknowledge that the domestic law was "not what we're doing today".

Earlier in the week, Trump had himself signed an order to review the way that Americans caught up by surveillance can be identified - or "unmasked" in the jargon.

Instead, the House voted 256 to 164 in favor of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. But the president's mixed messages sent shock waves through the House GOP, which was gathered for a regular conference meeting when the first of the president's tweets came out.

However, it seems likely that the core House bill will have Democratic support as well without attaching reform language to it. "This bill also provides new, rigorous measures to protect Americans' privacy and to ensure the program is used properly to target foreign terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other threats to Americans' safety and security".

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