Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

  • Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

The provision "is the single most effective tool that we have to assure the American people that we're doing everything we can to provide their safety", Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said on the Senate floor before the vote.

After passing the House last week and the Senate on Thursday, President Trump has signed the FISA 702 bill, renewing the section of FISA that allows the NSA to engage in mass surveillance of Americans' Internet communications without a warrant.

The bill's proponents say the new provision will further safeguard Americans' communications, but opponents say the warrant requirement would rarely kick in and does little to further protect the constitutional rights of US citizens.

"Intelligence produced under this authority is vital to keeping the nation safe".

"This bill reauthorizes a crucial anti-terrorism tool-with increased privacy protections-that helps track foreign terrorists and thwart attacks on Americans".

The measure passed 65-34, with support from Republicans and Democrats.

In March 2017, Trump claimed that then-President Barack Obama had spied on Trump Tower.

Trump's tweet on January 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The bill was set to expire Friday unless Trump signed the renewal into law.

"The Intelligence Committee memo about government surveillance abuses should have been made public and given to members of Congress before the FISA Section 702 vote", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted. The ACLU said Trump's tweet saying the law he signed was different from the one "so wrongly abused" before was not accurate. A bipartisan group of senators, including Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Steve Daines, Patrick Leahy, and Elizabeth Warren, held a press conference shortly after the decision to urge their colleagues to support a warrant requirement to search Americans' data.

With the signing, he bill got a new six years extension.

The final bill requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seek a warrant to view the actual contents of communications.