Skip to comments.House strikes last-minute surveillance deal
Posted on 03/10/2020 3:55:02 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
House leaders on Tuesday struck an agreement to reauthorize a key surveillance bill, clinching a bipartisan deal on the contentious legislation just days before its set to expire.
The move follows months of hard-fought negotiations that found disagreements not only between the parties, but within them as well.
Leaders in both parties say they expect the bill to pass through the House on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate with four days to spare before the March 15 expiration.
The deal came together after negotiators launched an 11th-hour effort to mollify an unusual coalition of dissenting voices: liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans, who had snarled the talks by insisting on additional privacy protections in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). That put them at odds with those arguing that a clean reauthorization bill had a better chance of making it through the Senate.
Always controversial, the questions swirling around the governments surveillance powers have pit national security hawks against proponents of stronger civil liberties. And the compromise unveiled Tuesday aims to balance those concerns delicately enough to win stamps of approval from both chambers.
If passed, the reauthorization bill would extend three expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act that touch on roving wiretaps, lone wolf surveillance and a controversial program that allows the U.S. government to request access to phone metadata.
The bill will also include more privacy protections.
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No to any extension of FISA until all those officials who have engaged in abuse are fully prosecuted and all judges who have presided over the abuse are removed from the bench.
Brennan to continue to harass Trump using gov’t powers.
BS, the government has proven they cannot be trusted with these kind of surveillance tools. My gosh, they got caught using them on an opposition POTUS campaign. And no one has been held accountable. Any congress critter that votes to renew this should not be re-elected period.
Hope Trump vetoes it.
Right. Trust nothing the treasonous bastards in the house shoves through.
Just say NO to the FISA court. There should be NO shadow supreme courts in the United States. It is un-American. Trump should NOT sign this bill.
End FISA. Let’s go back to that Fourth Amendment thing.
we dont need any secret courts in America!
if we repatriate the Islamicists who’ve gotten in here, we won’t need the mass scale of the spying either
Yep. Time after time. This comes up every 15 to 20 years, and the government gets more hardware to snoop with.
The law on this subject is a total sham. Always has been. The government didn't curtail snooping when it got FISA in 1978. It expanded the payroll, created more paperwork, and pointed to the law as providing effective protection for personal privacy.
Whatever law it passes this week will be the same. The government will point to it as evidence that the government is now under control, see new law.
Den of crooks, liars and thieves.
Trump needs to VETO the bill until abusers see justice until then NO FISA!!!
Yes to your post. They who disrespected the court, thus we the people, and abused the court including the apparently partisan judges of the court have to pay the price for breaking the laws at the root of the FISA court’s existence.
Watch them bind it with a corona relief package. (And I dont mean beer)
You know this whole thing is a sham when Devin Nunes who seems to spend most of his waking hours on Fox News complaining about FISA abuses turns out to be the strongest advocate in Congress for renewing the FISA surveillance authorization.
get rid of fisa
VETO it and disband the FBI.
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