King Votes to Renew Key Foreign Intelligence Collection Tool
FISA legislation’s Section 702 changes strike important balance between Civil Liberties and National Security
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, releases the following video of remarks he made on the House floor this morning in support of S. 139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill makes important changes to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to enhance civil liberty protections for American citizens while also preserving the usefulness of foreign intelligence collected by this important national security tool. King voted in favor of the legislation, which passed the House on a bipartisan 256-164 vote.
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“I rise in support of the 702 re-authorization. It is critical to our national security. You would see the color drain out of the faces of all of our security personnel, the entire national security community, if we lost the ability and went dark on 702. We’ve got to follow through in this Congress. We’ve got to provide the flexibility for them to use the tools that we have available to us.
We set up procedures that approve this annually under the FISA courts. We got a probable cause requirement for any criminal investigation that protects U.S. persons. We don't need to be protecting anything but U.S. persons when it comes to this.
The gentlelady spoke of civil liberties and I stand in defense of those civil liberties as well and in defense of national security. We have an IG report that's written into this bill. But I would remind the people that are concerned about this focus on these civil liberties that Google and Facebook and Verizon and AT&T hold more data than the U.S. government has. That is where the real information is. And if they are concerned about that they should raise that issue. Meanwhile, I will oppose the Amash amendment and support the re-authorization of 702. Our people, U.S. persons, deserve that protection.”
Among the changes made to Section 702 referenced by King are the inclusion of language adding a “probable cause based order requirement” for the FBI to view Section 702 content, and a requirement for the Department of Justice Inspector General to review FBI Section 702 practices. These changes are viewed as important privacy enhancements for American citizens.