Thursday, January 11, 2018

House votes to renew NSA spying, rejects reform push

In a victory for the Trump administration, the House on Thursday approved legislation to renew government surveillance powers while voting down new limits on how authorities can use the information that is collected.

The bill passed by a vote of 256-164

The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to swiftly take up and pass the measure before the surveillance program expires on January 19.

At issue is a law passed in 2008 — known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — that allows the NSA to collect texts and emails of foreigners abroad without an individualized warrant, even when they communicate with Americans in the U.S.

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