The House rejects limits on warrantless wiretapping

President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The House voted Thursday to extend for six years the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, rejecting a bipartisan push to rein it in. The 256 to 164 vote renews an expiring law letting the government monitor electronic communication, without warrants, from foreigners abroad even if they are talking to U.S. citizens. The original 2008 law gave legal approval to the kind of once-secret warrantless surveillance started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The rejected effort to limit the surveillance would have required officials to obtain warrants in most situations when U.S. citizens’ electronic messages are gathered during surveillance of foreigners abroad. The bill as passed does require warrants before reading Americans’ emails. The matter now goes to the Senate.

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