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Rand Paul joins Sen. Mark Udall & Ron Wyden's NSA 'Reform' Bill (It must be ABOLISHED, Not 'Reformed' but it's a Step...)

Udall Unveils Comprehensive Bipartisan Bill to Reform NSA Surveillance Programs

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Senator Mark Udall
Published on Sep 25, 2013

Mark Udall and a bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators, including Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), unveiled wide-ranging legislation to reform domestic surveillance laws and the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Among many actions, this bill would end the bulk collection of phone records of law-abiding Americans, close the "back-door searches" loophole that allows the government to search for Americans' communications without a warrant and create an independent constitutional advocate to argue significant cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

NSA reform bill to trim back US surveillance unveiled in Congress


Ron Wyden says Snowden disclosures have 'caused a sea change' and announces most comprehensive package so far
Rand Paul speaks at the unveiling of the NSA reform package
Rand Paul (third right) speaks at the unveiling of the NSA reform package on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Lewis and Dan Roberts in Washington
theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 September 2013 17.30 EDT

Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The draft bill represented the first sign that key Republican and Democratic figures in the Senate are beginning to coalesce around a raft of proposals to roll back the powers of the National Security Agency in the wake of top-secret disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

"The disclosures over the last 100 days have caused a sea change in the way the public views the surveillance system," said Democratic senator Ron Wyden, unveiling the bill at a press conference alongside Republican Rand Paul.

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From Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)'s office:

Surveillance Reform Package Ends Bulk Collection of Phone Records; Creates Constitutional Advocate for Secret Court
Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Rein In Overbroad Surveillance Authorities While Protecting US National Security

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Washington, D.C. – In order to restore the constitutional liberties that have been eroded by invasive surveillance and end secret interpretations of the law that vastly exceed the intent of Congress, a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have introduced legislation to reform domestic surveillance laws and the secret surveillance court.

The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act will prohibit bulk collection of Americans’ records, shield Americans from warrantless searches of their communications and install a constitutional advocate to argue significant cases before the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court.

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The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act

The Office of Senator Ron Wyden
Bill Description
September 25, 2013

The comprehensive, bipartisan legislation introduced today will preserve constitutional liberties while maintaining the government’s ability to protect national security. It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic surveillance and other unjustified intrusions on Americans’ constitutional rights, make improvements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and provide for greater transparency from government entities and the private sector.

Reforming Surveillance Law

The bill amends Title V of FISA to prohibit bulk collection of Americans’ records. This is the authority currently being used to conduct bulk phone records collection. The government will still be able to obtain records of anyone suspected of terrorism or espionage, and anyone in contact with a suspected terrorist or spy, however, the bulk collection of records of law-abiding Americans with no connection to terrorism or espionage will no longer be legal.

Similarly, the bill amends Title IV of FISA to prohibit bulk collection of Americans’ communications records. This is the authority that was used for bulk email records collection until 2011. It will also amend FISA’s emergency pen-trap provision to permit the government to collect phone records quickly in emergency situations and seek court approval after the fact.

The bill also amends the various National Security Letter statutes to prohibit National Security Letters from being used for bulk collection, and to require more public reporting about how the government has used National Security Letters.

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The Verge: New bill seeks to outlaw bulk surveillance, shine light on secret FISA court system

By Sean Hollister on September 25, 2013 10:53 pm

Following public outcry about the US government's controversial domestic surveillance programs, members of Congress have rushed to propose solutions. Now, four senators have combined a number of those ideas into a single piece of proposed legislation that would prohibit several questionable practices that US government agencies use, including the bulk collection of US communications without a warrant. The bill would also notably appoint an independent "constitutional advocate," whose job would be to attend the secret FISA court and challenge the government when it seeks to spy in ways that might interfere with the US constitution.

The bill is called the Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act, and while we don't yet have the full text of the document in hand, its four sponsors Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) and Rand Paul (R-KY) held a press conference offered this summary (PDF) and also held a press conference this morning to discuss the legislation.

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robot999's picture

Udall is currently my Senator

While this action is "good", I'm very disappointed in him that he didn't TELL the American people what was really going on - in detail - when he found out. I understand that these "briefings" are under non-disclosure, but as a US Senator (who claims to want to protect our Constitutionally documented rights), he has IMMUNITY against prosecution from statements made on the record on the floor of the US Senate.

BTW, even if this passes, I don't expect it to be enforceable or adhered to by these criminals.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

End gov't spying,,not reform..

. Charge Clapper and Alexander for perjury

I guess we will see....

the proverbial "cat" is out of the bag already. Spying on Brazils president to find out if she's having lesbian affairs or orgys really ticked her off enough to condemn the U.S. (rightfully so) in its actions.
By now China, Russia etc. have secured their communications with counter commo....

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey referring to ISIS

yup, only time will tell,

but think Ed was wrong about one thing: things ARE changing, slowly but surely.D

Thanks Snowden!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

updated

check this one out, too, y'all:

SHOCKING! (Ok, not really): NSA illegally spied on MLK, M. Ali, Senators & More! Flashback: NSA's USS Liberty files!

These bastards actually had the nerve to spy on Sen. Frank Church, of the famed "Church Committee/Commission" that practically blew the door wide open on the police state that America has become post-1947 National Security Act, which also revealed the blueprint for the Manchurian Candidate, aka "Jason Bourne"-stuff, all under the umbrella of MK-ULTRA, which included all the other really 'out there stuff.'

Yes, 'our' tax dollars at work: hey, after all, the Soviets and the Chinese were doing it, too. LOL. It's always something with these a-holes, eh?

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Its good to see any effort against the Nightmare of the NSA

and doubly so when it is bi-partisan. GO Rand Paul ! GO Mark Udall! Go Ron Wyden! (And thank you, AnCapMercenary, for posting.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

quite

welcome!

I've been trying to think of a way to make both posts shorter, but figured y'all should be able see as much info at once; still more convenient to get a glimpse of the overall picture that way, IMHO.D

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul