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Patriot Act author prepares bill to put NSA bulk collection 'out of business'

The conservative Republican who co-authored America's Patriot Act is preparing to unveil bipartisan legislation that would dramatically curtail the domestic surveillance powers it gives to intelligence agencies.

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who worked with president George W Bush to give more power to US intelligence agencies after the September 11 terrorist attacks, said the intelligence community had misused those powers by collecting telephone records on all Americans, and claimed it was time "to put their metadata program out of business".


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It's about time, and I'm

It's about time, and I'm giving Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner the benefit of the doubt. There can be amendments if needed.

I see no reason to give him

any such benefit of any doubt. What has he done to deserve anything but distrust and skepticism?

So the same traitorous clown that wrote the Patriot Act is going

to "protect us" from the NSA?


I hear ya...

but I doubt he actually wrote a single word of the p.a.t.r.i.o.t act. I have little doubt that it was written before 9/11 and given to him to introduce.

Yes of course. The provisions of the

U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. A.C.T. were on a long developed wish list dating back at least since FDR, and with some modification and updating, probably from the time of Alexander Hamilton.

The battle between total tyrannical control and a true libertarian society here in America has been raging since before the ink was dry on the Declaration of Independence.

Looks like Sensenbrenner has

Looks like Sensenbrenner has realized the damage he has sown.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein


This is going to be a clear case of "reigning in" the NSA, while in reality, their snooping gets codified into law and "legitimized."

shared sentiment surveilance

shared sentiment

surveilance corrupts, absolute surveilance corrupts absolutely