“President Trump Jeopardizes NSA Mass Surveillance With a Tweet” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ‘ It was a delicate and belated legislative minuet, in pursuit of a ultimate objective that aligned Donald Trump, his House GOP allies, some Democratic adversaries and the intelligence agencies he derides as Nazi-like. What is relevant is that the tweet currently pressures Trump’s House GOP allies who’d earlier thought the White House was finally cool with an expansive reauthorization of Section 702. The House on Thursday will conduct a pivotal vote on an expiring legislative authority that undergirds numerous of NSA mass-surveillance activities.

Pointing to the Democratic support, for reauthorizing Section 702, principally from intelligence committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, Laperruque said Democrats would need to ask the question themselves if voting for surveillance “on behalf of Donald Trump something that could might possibly get me primaried?” The knowledgeable Congressional aide balked at making any prediction about the process in the wake of Trump’s contradictory intercession. Collectively, this surveillance is known—or obscured through bureaucratic euphemism—by the dry name of the authority, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Nunes started suggesting in March that he would let Section 702 expire and even at the end of embracing it, added an unnecessary provision to assist both him and Trump save face in their baseless claims that Trump aides had been surveilled illegally and then had their identities maliciously leaked. The House isn’t voting on the entire Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which doesn’t expire but on its Section 702. That reauthorization is based upon a House intelligence committee bill that civil libertarians argue place “no limits on the utilize of Americans’ communications in investigations or in legal proceedings other than criminal prosecution,” according to a Brennan Center analysis.

Thanks to Trump’s war with the intelligence agencies, chairman Devin Nunes, and other House GOP leaders have castigated a surveillance provision they never prior to criticized—and ultimately ended up endorsing. He hastened to walk his previously in time tweet back, while still managing to misstate the enormous, warrantless reach into Americans’ lives that Section 702 permits: “With that being said, I’ve I personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office, and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. Get smart!” Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight guessed on Wednesday that if Amash’s amendment ends up passing, House leadership would pull the bill, and pass an additional Section 702 stopgap till it shall be able to rally the votes, for the House intelligence version. It had put out a statement last night “strongly oppos[ing]” the Amash’s USA RIGHTS amendment, and backing the House intelligence bill that it said would “preserve the useful role FISA’s Section 702 authority plays in protecting American lives.”   Even getting House Republicans on the typically pro-NSA intelligence committee to endorse Section 702, as they typically do, has been an uphill struggle….Read The Full Article Here

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