Surveillance State Repeal Act HR 2818Submitted by Blue Republic on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 00:14
Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced legislation to *REPEAL* the Patriot
Act, reform the FISA court and provide a legal channel and increased safeguards
It's not perfect, of course, but looks pretty well thought out and miles better
than what we have now. As of yet, the bill has no co-sponsors, so let's get to
work rounding some up!
Pretty good summary of the bill at Techdirt:
"Rep. Rush Holt Bill To Repeal PATRIOT And FISA Amendments Acts Now Live, Ambitious
from the overkill-far-preferable-to-underkill dept
NJ Rep. Rush Holt announced back on July 11th that he was planning legislation to repeal both the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The text of Holt's bill, the "Surveillance State Repeal Act," has been posted, along with a summary of the key aspects of the legislation.
Holt's bill covers a lot of ground for something that only runs about 8 pages long, and as promised, some additional protection for whistleblowers is built in. Here's the summary:
The Surveillance State Repeal Act would:
1. Repeal the PATRIOT Act (which contains the telephone metadata harvesting provision).
2. Repeal the FISA Amendments Act (which contains the email harvesting provision).
3. Ensure that any FISA collection against a US Person takes place only pursuant to a valid warrant based on probable cause (which was the original FISA standard from 1978 to 2001)."
and other important provisions including a prohibition on the government forcing companies to provide back doors to their encryption systems.
more at -