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Trump Wavers but Supports Federal Surveillance Used to Undermine His Presidency

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The deep state’s federal surveillance powers used to attack President Donald Trump are now being advocated by him.

There was a moment when it seemed that Donald Trump would listen to Judge Andrew Napolitano on federal surveillance law.

After the segment aired, Trump made a commonsense statement on Twitter:

Trump’s statement is absolutely true. I wish the President had decided to make that his last word on the subject. Alas, he did not.

Reason.com reports, “Trump Tweets Opposition to His Own Position on Federal Surveillance Laws.

That tweet sat there this morning for a good two hours, causing a lot of head-tilting for those of us who have been following the FISA saga. After two hours (and, I’m assuming, at least one frustrated conversation with Chief of Staff John Kelly), the president walked back his own tweet and called for Section 702’s renewal:

He tweeted the following reply to his own original tweet:

That’s not actually what today’s vote is about. The bill House and Senate leaders are trying to push through would actually expand the Section 702 snooping authorities so that they can be used on Americans, secretly, for domestic purposes, without having to get a warrant.

Lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) are trying to amend the law with the USA RIGHTS Act, to make sure that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency cannot abuse Section 702 to collect and store communications from Americans and then use them in court cases without getting warrants. The amendment they (and other co-sponsors) are proposing does not stop or hinder the use of Section 702 when it’s used the way it’s supposed to be used: to keep track of foreign targets.

Read the entire Reason post.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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