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security. what is your vision in terms of where we are and where we want to be going forward? >> i could talk about this all day. the threat has evolved. we are at a point where, because of the hyper contact to the, our dependence on the internet, where we are in an environment your risk is now my risk and by risk is your risk. the mandate for partnership announcer: the house is about to gavilan so we have to interrupt this. the house is about to gavilan -- gavel in. recessing until 4:30. the calendar. on including one seeking to prevent
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sexual abuse. another dealing with small business act in capital. after national disasters. votes will take place at 6:30 p.m.. taking a lot to the house floor. -- taking you live to the house floor. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c.. january 29, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable mike johnson to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 8, 2018, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate.
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the chair will alternate redskin nation between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, or five minutes. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. recorded conversations, warrant lst survey less of citizens, and government invasion of privacy. sound like a page out of george orwell's novel "1984." i don't know if you read this in high school or not, but my generation did. we never thought that this would ever take place in america. it's a book about big brother government. and to quote orwell, here's what he says about government. eyes always watching you and following you, asleep
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or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath, or bed, there is no escape. following y it talks about government eyes watching america. but it's happening here in america, mr. speaker. behind the closed doors of government intelligence and law enforcement agencies. big brother, in my opinion, is watching. how? through a piece of legislation called the foreign intelligence surl veterans day lens act, or fisa. fisa allows or government to spy on foreign agents, including terrorist, primarily overseas. the government collects all of this information and puts it into a database. if government wants to use or search the database, they go to a secret fisa court, that court issues a secret warrants to search the database. as subcommittee chairman of terrorism and former judge and prosecutor, want government to go after terrorists overseas who seek to harm americans, nab them, lock them up, and get rid of them.
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what is disturbing and concerning, mr. speaker, is government uses these database, communications, text, and emails of americans to gain information on them and spy on them without a real probable cause warrant. that is one reason i did not vote to re-authorize advisea. this is a direct violation -- fisa. this is a direct violation of americans' fourth amendment rights. for years i worked to rein in the abuse of americans' constitutional rights and now we're learning more about fisa. it's not good news. recently members of congress were given access to a top secret memo by the house permanent select committee on intelligence regarding the foreign intelligence surveillance act. the memo outlines improper conduct of government and its contents are extremely disturbing. the justice department and the f.b.i. oppose the release of this memo without their permission. the justice department wants to black out or redact portions of
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it even though they haven't even seen the memo. they don't want the public to know what's in it. they think that the american people, quote, cannot handle the truth, to give a quote from jack nicholson. the reality is these agencies would prefer to continue operating in secret, behind the closed locked doors of intrigue and surveillance. mr. speaker, this is exactly why the memo should be released. a transparent government, mr. speaker, is a good thing. that revolutionary idea sounds to me like something our founders envisioned when they drafted the fourth amendment. remember, the bill of rights was intended to protect us from government. despite the protests of those who wish to offer up our on the altar of national security, keeping this memo secret does not make us any safer. it's on the altar of clear, mr. release the memo to the press and to the public.
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let the public and the media know what is happening by our government behind the dinghy, dark rooms of secrecy. the memo is proof evident that government cannot be trusted. ironically the new fisa bill signed into law attempts to protect americans from foreign terrorists. but denies americans the right to have their privacy protected in our homeland. this is not the america our founders envisioned. the memo speaks for itself. let the american people see the memo. has been watching america's conduct. now it's time we watch the conduct of government. as george orwell said in his eyes of 4," in the has been wg big brother government, ignorance is strength. government may think so, but, mr. speaker, ignorance of the people is not a strength. it is a weakness. the spying eyes and improper askets big brother need to be revealed.
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that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: eyes o the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house congressman ryan a happy birthday. and join us later for today's
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white house briefing. press secretary sarah sanders will speak to reporters. scheduled for 1:15 p.m. eastern. we hope to have it live for you during today's house recess. also this afternoon, a preview of the president's state of the union address, joining the discussion will be white house counselor kellyanne conway, nancy pelosi and senators angus king and shelley moore capito hosted by "the washington post," live coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. eastern. that's going to be on c-span3. now we take you to the start of today's white house briefing to take you to the start of today's white house briefing, take a look at the week ahead in congress. this is from today's "washington journal." "washington journal" continues. host: joining us for a discussion on many things, particularly in light of the white house and congress this week, are two guests. we are joined by darlene supervalu from the -- superville

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