The Freedom Caucus is objecting to renewing NSA spying authority—the authority used to spy on the Trump Campaign.
Ironically, the Freedom Caucus is opposed by Donald Trump’s Administration, though they have been victimized by secret government surveillance. The fact is we never hear about surveillance actually stopping terrorist attacks. Rather, in the news we find our massively expensive and intrusive surveillance system has been used for industrial espionage and political interference. It is a tool of the deep state and the Freedom Caucus is right to want to take it away from them.
The Hill reports, “Opposition mounts against bill to renew surveillance program.”
A carefully crafted compromise proposal to reform the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program is in trouble, with opposition coming from libertarian-leaning conservatives and members of the House Intelligence Committee.
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Freedom Caucus members often find common ground with progressives on surveillance issues, potentially putting them in a position to decide the fate of the legislation.
“If there is a ground zero for that debate, it’s probably in my caucus,” said chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
“I don’t know that [the bill] goes far enough. I think there’s still a lot of unanswered questions with regards to Fourth Amendment protections.”
The Freedom Caucus hasn’t staked out an official position on the bill yet, but will likely do so in the next few weeks, Meadows said.
Complicating matters further, the Intelligence Committee isn’t totally on board with Goodlatte’s bill either. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House subcommittee with oversight over the NSA, on Thursday suggested the Intelligence Committee might draft its own bill.
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has been stumping hard for a clean, permanent reauthorization of the NSA wiretapping program. But Goodlatte has said a clean renewal does not have the votes to pass the House.
The dispute centers on a law that lets the government collect emails and text messages sent by foreign spies, terrorists and other foreign targets overseas. Under the law, federal investigators are allowed to search that database for Americans who may have communicated with a foreign target.
The intelligence community calls the program a critical tool in identifying and disrupting terrorist plots. Civil liberties advocates say it infringes on the Fourth Amendment.
It also gives the deep state a way to infringe on the deplorables who voted for the “wrong” candidate!
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