As Matthew Gertz of Media Matters pointed out, Trump's decision to denounce FISA was tweeted at the same time that "Fox & Friends" was connecting the act to Trump's ongoing woes over accusations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russian government officials.
American firms, including Google and AT&T, are now required to turn over information to authorities without a warrant turn over private emails and other messages of Americans linked to foreigners' communications in counterterror and espionage cases.
"In turn, Mr. Trump's live tweets set and reshape the show's focus". The committee FAQ points out that Section 702 does not allow the government to target the communications of any American, even if that American is a terrorist. He walked himself back two hours later, tweeting, "We need it!".
The government has said it's impossible to determine how many Americans' communications are snared - though it said in 2016 the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency had more than 106,000 targets for its 702 collection, and searched almost 5,300 US person identifiers in the data.
The news comes as North Korea claimed Michael Wolff's bombshell new book about Trump spells the end of the president's political career. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he intends to block any such legislation in the Senate. Notably, 45 Republicans voted against it.
Privacy advocates have long held concerns about the government's authority to collect information about American citizens.
The members who supported the unsafe FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), acted in direct opposition to the interests of their constituents to be free from warrantless government spying. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy quickly interceded after Trump answered in the affirmative when asked if he would agree to a clean bill, reiterating that Republicans will only agree to a legislative fix for Dreamers if Democrats concede funding for security measures like a border wall. Trump tweeted. There's no real basis for that kind of accusation, one that was taken with alarm and bewilderment by those in his own administration.
As part of the negotiations with conservatives, Republican leaders allowed one amendment with the changes the bill's opponents wanted to get a vote - with the assumption it would fail but would at least give these members the chance to say they got something.
"The president's pingpong on attitudes toward the FISA renewal suggests to me that he doesn't fully understand the issue, which is complicated even for experts to understand", said John McLaughlin, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Unmasking refers to the largely separate issue of how Americans' names kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed. "The F means foreign", said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the original Patriot Act, who backed the Amash alternative.
In effect, the "foreign" surveillance program - after all, FISA stands for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - became a domestic spying program.
President Donald Trump first sent out a tweet backing limits on backing limits a surveillance program but then supporting keeping the measure intact.
For the record, Trump's administration supports full reauthorization. The second missive stated, "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".