House votes to renew NSA spying

The HillIn 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.

Just a few hours before the vote, President Trump roiled the waters by sending out a tweet that appeared to contradict his own administration’s opposition to the changes, which were offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

I was hoping that Trump, as a personal victim of this practice, might push for changes. And for a moment, he did. And then someone got to him.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

UPDATE: More details on the issue. The way these renewals seem to pop up by surprise make it hard to mobilize opposition. Maybe I can figure out when the next one is due and set a calendar reminder or something...

This entry was published Fri Jan 12 11:02:44 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-01-11 16:11:50.0. [Tweet]

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