Trump adviser calls for reauthorization of foreign surveillance
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President Trump’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday endorsed legislation that would permanently reauthorize foreign surveillance, saying it has “helped thwart terrorist attacks” across the globe.

“It will be debating the fate of an authority — the FISA Amendments Act — that has helped thwart terrorist attacks around the world," Thomas Bossert wrote in a New York Times op-ed. 


The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Court fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' MORE (R-Ark.), would permanently reauthorize a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that permits the government to spy on Americans who are in contact with foreigners. The act is set to expire at the end of the year.

Bossert argues that Section 702 of the FISA Act helped prevent terrorist attacks such as a suicide bombing on the New York City subway. He also claims it does not allow for the targeting of individual Americans for surveillance, nor does it allow backdoor targeting of Americans.

“Over nearly a decade of rigorous oversight, no intentional abuse of the Section 702 authority has ever been identified, and the government has quickly taken action to rectify unintentional mistakes,” Bossert said.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ripped Bossert’s endorsement, claiming the legislation would allow the government to spy on American without a warrant.

“After months of criticizing the government for allegedly spying on his presidential campaign, President Trump is now hypocritically endorsing a bill that would make permanent the NSA authority that is used to spy on Americans without a warrant,” ACLU counsel Neema Singh Guliani said in a statement.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony regarding the act on Wednesday.