Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have introduced the expected USA Freedom Act with the intention of curbing NSA abuses while introducing some additional oversight for the intelligence community. According to Leahy's website, the bill aims to end the dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, while preventing similar abuses of other law.
The bill also claims to provide more safeguards for warrantless surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act, including the creation of a "special advocate" to focus on and argue for citizen privacy rights protections before the FISA Court, and additional detail reporting on the number and types of FISA orders issued.
Leahy has long been an outspoken critic of the lack of intelligence community oversight. Sensenbrenner was the author of the Patriot Act, and as noted previously had a tendency to yell down critics who claimed the vague wording of the act would be abused. He's since turned into a fierce critic of NSA abuses, recently arguing that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired and prosecuted.
"...Somewhere along the way, the balance between security and privacy was lost," Sensenbrenner said in a joint statement. "It’s now time for the judiciary committees to again come together in a bipartisan fashion to ensure the law is properly interpreted, past abuses are not repeated and American liberties are protected. Washington must regain Americans' trust in their government."
An outline of the bill can be found here, and the USA Freedom Act in its entirety can be found here.
I agree - a chance for a political grandstander. It would be one thing if it meant anything, however if the laws on the books are effectively ignored for the NSA - what guarantee is there that this wouldn't be any different.
...prevents dragnet collection. But like most situations, the laws already on the books are simply not enforced.
Why would the regime enforce this law any more than any of the others it violates on a daily basis? Hey Mr. Fox, guard this chicken coup. I am going to go play my 5 millionth round of golf. Thanks buddy! -- Nocchi rules.
The intent is fine but Congress just keeps building more laws/acts on top of other bad laws/acts instead of streamlining with fewer laws/act. Dismantle the illegal organization known as the NSA and get rid of the Patriot Act that only exists to pander to fear. Normalize the Feds.
Pretend to care but not fix the problem. The problem is not the NSA - it is the Patriot Act which gives the GOVERNMENT the power to do these things. Pretend to care and stop the NSA from doing it but turn it all over to a different agency or method.
Get rid of the Patriot Act. That's what gives the government as a whole the power. This is just smoke and mirrors.
2013-Oct-29 7:32 pm: ·
Harddrive Proud American and Infidel since 1968. Premium join:2000-09-20 DFW kudos:2
"They" were doing it before the Patriot Act. And "they" will continue to collect what "they" want to no matter what is passed.
2013-Oct-29 7:35 pm: ·
Sarick It's Only Logical Premium join:2003-06-03 USA
Making up more stuff that won't do anything or even get passed. NSA has it's power and the powers don't want to lose their grasp.
I sent several representatives a request to put H.R. 2417 to a vote explaining the seriousness of failing to take action.
Small excerpt.: "If anything we should learn from hurricane Sandy. What would happen to the civilian population if all electricity, all internet, all cars, all phones, all refrigerators and anything else with solid state hardware burned out? People would starve on mass levels. The result would be chaos and rioting. This crisis could last 10 years or more. People would start killing each other for resources."
Not a single human reply. They don't seem to care unless the public opinion is favorable towards being re-elected.
They aren't going to do squat because there is to much political gaming going on. They won't repeal the laws that allow this stuff so what makes them think Obama will enforce them.
It's Wisc 5th district, not that it tells you much more about were it covers. The important part is the Sensenbrenner wrote the patriot act and pushed it through renewal, AND then figured out that what he wrote allows what they do, not the (now) more limited framework he NOW envisions. (maybe, IF he did better on this one) People keep blaming the NSA for doing what congress ORDERED it to do. Instead of blaming congress for ORDERING and FUNDING one thing, and then pretending that while doing due diligence of their oversight duties, they somehow missed/ignored what they actually created.