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Thu May 8, 2014, 08:03 PM

 

House Committee Votes Unanimously to Rein In the NSA

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Source: Mother Jones News


It's pretty hard to find non-depressing news out of Washington DC these days, but this genuinely qualifies:

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 32-0 to approve an amended version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would require the National Security Agency to get case-by-case approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before collecting the telephone or business records of a U.S. resident.

....The USA Freedom Act, introduced last October, would prohibit bulk collection under the business-records provision of the Patriot Act, the law cited by NSA and Department of Justice officials as giving them authority for the telephone records collection program exposed by leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The bill would also prohibit bulk collection targeting U.S. residents in parts of another statute, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which the NSA has used largely to target overseas communications. The bill would take the phone records database out of NSA control and leave the records with carriers.

Remarkably, support for this bill has stayed bipartisan despite the fact that President Obama supports it. And although it's true that several provisions have been watered down a bit recently, the heart of the bill has stayed intact: a ban on bulk collection of phone records by the NSA. This is a pretty big deal, and it's supported by Democrats, Republicans, and the president.

This represents the first time in decades that the national security establishment has been restrained in any significant way. And no matter what else you think of Edward Snowden, this never would have happened without him.



Read more: http://m.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/05/house-committee-votes-unanimously-rein-nsa



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firesalesman May 2014 #1
msongs May 2014 #2
L0oniX May 2014 #5
joshcryer May 2014 #10
mdbl May 2014 #3
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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:08 PM

1. CIA, NSA, et al. will find a way to weasel out of this.

 

Now that they have this technology, they are not going to stop using it.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:37 PM

2. and while they are at it repeal the patriot act nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Thu May 8, 2014, 09:17 PM

5. +1

 

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Fri May 9, 2014, 01:44 AM

10. This law is only passing because it is extending the Patriot Act.

One need do nothing for the Patriot Act to expire.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:44 PM

3. Shhhh, don't say Obama supports it

They will create a new investigation committee.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 09:17 PM

4. My guess is that the House doesn't like having the NSA snooping their phone meta data.

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 09:41 PM

6. Goodluck with all that. n/t

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 10:18 PM

7. Way too little, and way too late. Trust is lost.

 

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #7)

Fri May 9, 2014, 01:30 AM

9. Oh well, if thats the case, I guess they shouldn't change shit then.

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri May 9, 2014, 01:20 AM

8. K&R.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri May 9, 2014, 04:12 AM

11. Not breaking news - locking

This happened on Wednesday. Article dated May 7th.
There is a discussion posted here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014799336

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