Senate moves ahead on reauthorizing surveillance tool

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

However, earlier in a tweet, Trump had criticised the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) programme, saying that it was used to gather information about him and surveil his campaign.

As Matthew Gertz of Media Matters pointed out, Trump's decision to denounce FISA was tweeted at the same time that "Fox & Friends" was connecting the act to Trump's ongoing woes over accusations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russian government officials.

On Wednesday, the White House issued a statement opposing changes to the programme.

The major point of contention involved Section 702 of FISA, which allows the government to spy on the electronic communications of non-U.S. citizens who they have a reasonable belief are outside the United States.

Americans cannot be the subject of 702 surveillance, but can be picked up in the surveillance of foreign targets.

Trump's original tweet enraged Democrats who have been working with moderate Republicans to reauthorize the legislation. Section 702 supporters say this would derail some of the important work being done. "Men aren't angels. We need to make sure somebody is watching and there are checks and balances".

Critics argue that the 702 program vacuums up the information of millions of USA citizens who communicate with those individuals, and that the US government should not be allowed to specifically search for that USA person information or use it against Americans in court without a warrant.

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.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: At about 7:30 this morning on Fox News, a legal analyst argued that President Trump should go against a White House statement of support last night and oppose extending the surveillance measure the House was set to vote on today. "We think that is unconstitutional, hugely problematic, and we're here to defend the rights of the American people", added Amash.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Trump's tweets were "inaccurate, conflicting and confusing".

Disney star details shock childhood sex abuse
The former Disney stare posted a heartbreaking message on Instagram , revealing that the abuse was one of her earliest memories. Thorne also spoke out on Twitter , writing, "I never knew what was right or wrong growing up".

Senior Democrats in the House had urged cancellation of the vote after Trump appeared to cast doubt on the merits of the program, but Republicans forged ahead.

At the end of the day, I suspect we'll learn conclusively that unverified dossier information was indeed used to obtain the FISA warrant.

Trump's tweet mentioned an "unmasking process".

"Under this president, we had a 45-year low in illegal immigration on the border this year", Homan said.

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

Now, hidden beneath the "Fire and Fury" controversy is the muffled sound of the Trump administration and Republican congressional leaders plotting the enactment of an addition to FISA that would permit the use of evidence of crimes in federal court even when it is discovered during mass surveillance authorized by general warrants. "The F means foreign", said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the original Patriot Act, who backed the Amash alternative.

Senate leaders should refuse to buckle under pressure from the Trump administration and intelligence committees, and instead vote to reform these government powers, which could too easily be deployed to spy on immigrant communities, minorities, government critics - and everyone else.

The approval of the legislation, backed by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and the panel's top Democrat Adam B. Schiff, both Californians, marks a defeat for a large bipartisan group of lawmakers who proposed an amendment that would have imposed tough warrant requirements before the Federal Bureau of Investigation could begin searching the surveillance database for information on Americans.

"It's well known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law".

Related News:

  • Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie's quiz show battle

    Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie's quiz show battle

    Ellen starts off the amusing quiz by saying, "Whoever gets the most right is the best Australian - besides my wife Portia". Robbie and husband Tom Ackerley at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on January 7.
    Ivy League student found dead in California park where he went missing

    Ivy League student found dead in California park where he went missing

    Bernstein was reported missing when he didn't return home after he went walking in the park to meet another person on January 2. On Wednesday, Gideon Bernstein thanked community members through tears for their support in the efforts to find his son.
    Singapore Airlines says options open on Air India disinvestment

    Singapore Airlines says options open on Air India disinvestment

    Overseas investment policy has also been liberalised in case of power exchanges, an online platform where electricity is traded. He said in a statement that the CAIT would soon declare a nationwide strategy to oppose the "brutal move" by the government.
  • Peter Beardsley Leaves Newcastle as Investigation Opens Over Bullying and Racism Claims

    Peter Beardsley Leaves Newcastle as Investigation Opens Over Bullying and Racism Claims

    It's understood that no decision was made and further evidence will be heard from the complainants later this week. In 2003, he and Academy director Kenny Wharton were cleared of bullying by a Premier League inquiry.
    Seth Meyers Nailed His Golden Globes Monologue

    Seth Meyers Nailed His Golden Globes Monologue

    Quoth Meyers: "The only name that could make him angrier is the Hillary Mexico Salad Association". Meyers then took aim at Golden Globe and Oscar victor Spacey.
    Facebook pulls the plug on its virtual assistant 'M'

    Facebook pulls the plug on its virtual assistant 'M'

    Facebook's virtual assistant was pretty unique compared to the rest of the digital assistants on the market. AdNews received access to M for a few weeks past year and found its restaurant suggestions helpful.
  • Reports say China may slow US Treasury purchases, trade tensions cited

    Reports say China may slow US Treasury purchases, trade tensions cited

    The report suggests that China feels USA debt is becoming less attractive when compared to other types of investments. But Erlam says it is too "early to speculate" on the likelihood that China will "suddenly" reduce its holdings.
    Black Widow standalone movie gets a scriptwriter

    Black Widow standalone movie gets a scriptwriter

    Schaeffer is writing the script for Nasty Women , a female-focused spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that will also star Hathaway. Schaeffer stepped into the feature film industry with her 2009 pic TiMER , which she wrote and directed.
    Royce Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018

    Royce Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018

    Eliot Engel, now the foreign affairs ranking Democrat, is expected to take the gavel. If Democrats were to win control of the House, Rep.
  • ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 into orbit

    ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 into orbit

    After failure of its last mission, this launch remains tricky as the ISRO will be attempting a two-orbit feat for the second time. The total weight of the satellites carried onboard the PSLV-C40 is close to 1,323 kg.
    Weekend winter storm getting closer

    Weekend winter storm getting closer

    As you can see on both models below, it's not a question of whether or not there WILL be snow, but WHERE it will fall. At the moment, the higher probability of an inch of snow or more is in the mountains - especially on the KY/VA line.
    Celeno delivers 802.11ax Wi-Fi solution

    Celeno delivers 802.11ax Wi-Fi solution

    But the chips also have to make their way down to smaller devices, like laptops and phones , which will take longer. Chipsets upgraded to 802.11ax will also offer backward compatibility with existing Wi-Fi technologies.


Most liked

Barcelona star makes an outrageous claim about Lionel Messi
Correa then headed in from a corner taken by Pablo Sarabia in the 54th. "We are all suffering from the derby loss", Correa said. Pione Sisto gifted a goal to Luis Suarez as his attempted back pass to Alvarez was intercepted by the Uruguayan.

Festive sales cheer for Tesco as M&S reports another slump
Online sales at M&S.com lifted 3%, while its ongoing move to pull out of worldwide markets saw overseas sales slump 9.8%. Chief executive Charles Wilson said the business had improved "choice, prices and service" for shoppers.

Nintendo Released almost a Dozen Big New Games for Switch
The sport title will be released this spring and promises to be a multiplayer go-to game, but with a single-player story mode too. Wave 1, releasing on January 31 will introduce the new battle character Aegislash with the support set Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu.

Facebook to show more content from friends, less from publishers
In a nutshell, Facebook is working to prioritise your personal moments and the posts you like to engage with on the news feed. He further assured that this is a good move in the long term and will also help the entire community and the business.

Jay Bruce returning to New York Mets
Out of contention, the Mets finally shipped Bruce to the Indians in August for minor league relief pitcher Ryder Ryan . Although the Mets have said his rehab is going well, it's questionable whether he'll be ready by Opening Day.

Axe-wielding robbers in spectacular €4m jewelry heist at Paris Ritz
Mohammed al Fayed bought the hotel in 1979 and carried out major renovations to bring it back to its original popularity. The French TV station BFM said that 4.7 million euros (£4.16m) worth of jewels were taken.

Manchester United hit back at Sevilla as ticket row continues
The move comes after extensive talks between both clubs failed to see them reach a compromise or bring ticket prices down. The Spanish club claims United have not offered their fans enough tickets for the second leg in March.

Lucas Moura edging closer to Man United switch
United need a winger, and Moura's ability to dribble and cross the ball would be appreciated at Old Trafford. He has come five years late, but he could make up for lost time by getting up and running right away.

SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of USA spy satellite
The company doesn't anticipate any impact on its upcoming launch schedule, including a Falcon 9 mission in three weeks. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, the Pentagon spokesman for space policy, referred questions to SpaceX.

Who is Har Gobind Khorana, today's Google Doodle
Meanwhile, those in the Middle East will see a Doodle celebrating the 82nd birthday of Arabic poet and radio host Farouk Shousha. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970, where he would remain until his retirement in 2007.

Sony Xperia XA2 vs XA2 Ultra: What's the difference?
The Sony Xperia XA2 will be available soon in silver, black, blue and pink and in dual-SIM and single-SIM variants. And then there's the Xperia L2 - the unassuming entry-level Xperia, that grew out of the now defunct E-series.

First Assassin's Creed Origins Expansion Comes Out Later This Month
Once that's over, players will be able to take on the devious Sobek from January 23 to January 30. The update will also allow Bayek to sell outfits at Weaver shops, and add one free quest.

Is Akash Dadlani out of Bigg Boss?
When Vikas starts waxing, Shilpa and the others start complaining that it doesn't look mean but Vikas eventually wins the task. While Hina and Shilpa are two of the most popular contestants, Vikas is also a tough contender, and has a good fan base.

Where To Watch 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale' And More — Golden Globes
Nicole Kidman has 4 children and this is the Second Time she has made reference at a win to her two daughters", a viewer tweeted . The veteran concluded her speech with the following message of gratitude to her co-stars, colleagues and loved ones 'Bless you.

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.