The US House of Representatives has passed a six-year extension to the controversial Section 702 spying program, rejecting an amendment that would have required the authorities to get a warrant before searching for information on US citizens.

The 256-164 vote effectively retains the status quo and undermines a multi-year effort to bring accountability to a program that critics argue breaks the Constitution. A bipartisan substitute amendment put forward by House reps Justin Amash (R-MI) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and supported by both ends of the political spectrum was defeated 233-183.< [...] The already tense atmosphere in Washington DC over the issue was heightened when President Trump tweeted his apparent support of critics of the program just moments after the Amash-Lofgren amendment was discussed on Fox News./blockquote>

Source: US House reps green-light Fourth Amendment busting spy program • The Register