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Trump Threatens to Veto FISA

Between privacy rights on the internet and national security, it sometimes can be difficult to determine which one is more important for our ordinary daily lives.

FISA (Originally, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 1978) is a United States federal law that establishes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers” suspected of espionage or terrorism.

However, after 9-11, FISA became stricter and more extensive.

FISA allowed National Security Agency (NSA) to perform mass warrantless domestic wiretapping, electronic surveillance, and physical searches of American citizens deemed a threat without any review by Court.

However in 2020, FISA is a hot potato. With so many abuses the previous Obama administration had performed along with implications of Russian interferences on the current Trump administration, many Americans have a bad taste when reminded of FISA.

Furthermore, while FISA had bipartisan support in the Senate, the House is choosing to postpone after Pres. Trump threatened to veto the bill to extend certain FISA parts, which led the House Republicans to withdraw their support.

Trump says “If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it. Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!” on his twitter account.

It is a question as to how Edward Snowden might be feeling in regards to these new developments.


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