Will the House Completely Repeal The Patriot Act & Dismantle NSA Spying?

by John Brodgian | March 25, 2015 10:43 am

I know the MSM likes to point out every time conservatives oppose liberals, but contrary to popular belief there are a number of issue we work together on.  Thankfully, one of them has to do with repealing the Patriot Act[1] and the government’s ability to spy on American citizens.

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Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan and Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie announced in a press release their intention to reintroduce the Surveillance State Repeal Act — a bill first introduced following the Snowden leaks in 2013 that would completely repeal the Patriot Act and the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, as well as introduce reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The bill would legally dismantle the National Security Agency’s most aggressive surveillance programs, including the bulk collection and retention of virtually all Americans’ landline phone records justified under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The repeal of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act would also prevent the agency from tapping the physical infrastructure of the Internet, such as undersea fiber cables, to intercept “upstream” data in bulk, which critics including the ACLU claim the NSA uses to collect data on Americans.

The bill would also make it illegal to prosecute whistleblowers, and prevent the government from mandating companies build “backdoors” into their privacy encryption programs.  Both men reject the belief that “we must sacrifice liberty for security.”

Endnotes:
  1. repealing the Patriot Act: http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/24/house-revives-bill-to-completely-repeal-the-patriot-act-dismantle-nsa-spying/
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