Too Good To Be True? Yep. - Anti-spying NSA Bill Wins First Round In US CongressSubmitted by ProudAmericanFirst on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:15
The House Judiciary Committee voted 32-0 to advance legislation that would put a halt to the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of internet and telephone records, exposed last year by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Amendments to the USA Freedom Act aim to block the NSA’s ability to siphon and store the so-called metadata on domestic and international communications, instead keeping the information in the hands of telephone and internet companies.
Human rights groups cheered the early victory, hoping it puts the brakes on the NSA’s global surveillance system that took many people by surprise.
“This is a historic turn of events in our government’s approach to counterterrorism policies,” Laura Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislation Office, said in a statement.
Bipartisan support of the bill suggested there was enough public demand for the legislation.
“The bottom line is the amended [USA] Freedom Act makes it crystal clear that Congress does not endorse bulk collection and ensures Americans’ civil liberties are protected,” said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), co-sponsor of the bill, the Washington Post reported.
Now that the issue of NSA surveillance has gained forward momentum in Congress, it will be taken up next by the House Intelligence Committee, which has been kicking around its own NSA bill, entitled “FISA Transparency and Modernization Act,” before moving on to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which last year expressed support of the existing NSA program.
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"USA Freedom Act" Has Been Amended To EXTEND The Patriot Act - See Title VII
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
TO H.R. 3361
OFFERED BY MR. SENSENBRENNER OF
5 TITLE VII—SUNSETS
6 SEC. 701. USA PATRIOT IMPROVEMENT AND REAUTHORIZA-
7 TION ACT OF 2005.
8 Section 102(b)(1) of the USA PATRIOT Improve-
9 ment and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (50 U.S.C. 1805
10 note) is amended by striking ‘‘June 1, 2015’’ and insert-
11 ing ‘‘December 31, 2017’’.