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Here’s What You Should Know About FISA and Government Surveillance

What’s going on?

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to continue an NSA surveillance program that lets the government read American citizens’ private messages if they’re communicating with foreign nationals. The bill would extend the NSA program for another six years.

Is anyone trying to stop this?

There’s a bipartisan push among lawmakers to stop the extension of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the provision allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on Americans’ private communications.

But the law passed in the House 256 to 164 and is now being considered by the Senate. Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden are expected to vote against the measure.

Glenn’s take:   

NSA’s warrantless surveillance of American citizens is unconstitutional, and our rights should not be violated in the name of keeping us safe. Why can’t we agree on something as basic as your right not to be surveilled if the government doesn’t have a warrant from a judge?

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: The government has just expanded its ability to unconstitutionally spy on you.

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, the House voted to renew the FISA surveillance program that collects American’s email, text messages, and photos without a warrant for another six years.

The bill was originally approved by Congress in 2008 under the promise of protecting America against big, bad terrorists.

But that’s a flawed platform to base legislation on. There will always be terrorists. We don’t need to violate American citizens rights in order to keep our country safe.

That’s why Justin Amash offered up an alternative bill, “The USA RIGHTS Act” which would have required federal agents to get warrants before searching through data that was secretly collected.

It failed.

Like Amash, Trump also seemed to be against the FISA extension, tweeting “House votes on controversial FISA ACT today. This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others.”

But that was at 7:33 AM.

He flipped his position literally two hours later by tweeting, “Today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"

What leadership. Just like a politician to be on both sides of the issue.

The bill will now go to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

Rand Paul is already talking about filibustering the vote.

Thank goodness Rand is standing up for the rights of the American people.

Look, either we choose the Fourth Amendment or we don’t.

Either we choose the Constitution or we don’t.

It’s one or the other.

Why do our representatives continue to make the wrong choice?

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