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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Surveillance Law May Quietly Die

Surveillance Law May Quietly Die

Surveillance Law May Quietly Die

Added: Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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It seems that the US government may let a particular clause in its Patriot Act die off. In this case, all that spying the authorities are doing on the world may suddenly become illegal. Taking into consideration the fact that the members of both parties in Congress are lining up behind anti-NSA protesters, it seems real that Section 215 of the Patriot Act can be allowed to expire.

Senator James Sensenbrenner, who drafted the legislation, has also warned that the legal justification for the domestic surveillance program of the National Security Agency will be cancelled next summer if the government doesn’t restrict the way the agency uses its power. In other words, unless the White House changes the scale of the spying programs, the agency will be acting illegally.

At the moment, provisions of Section 215 allow the agency to harvest metadata about telephone calls made within the United States and track connections among US citizens which might be connected with counterterrorism investigations.

The matter is that most US citizens were shocked at the scale of the spying to which the NSA has pushed its limits. Now Senator James Sensenbrenner has written the Freedom Act, a bill meant to restrict the scope of both Section 215 and the surveillance programs, which has already attracted 130 sponsors. By the way, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy was a sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate.

In the meantime, it is known that the review panels appointed by the White House have also slammed Section 215 and the scope of the programs the National Security Agency justifies under it. For example, the review panels didn’t like the practice of collecting phone metadata in bulk, saying that it raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties, and pointing out that the practice has no viable legal foundation.

The industry experts admit that the US Justice Department has yet to build its plan in case Section 215 dies or any of the Freedom bills are passed. Perhaps, all investments made in spying technology and databases will have to be scrapped.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-02-18 17:46:16)
No avatarAnd people who believe this needs a reality check.

posted by Turtle (2014-02-18 21:10:57)
No avatarThese activities are already illegal under our highest laws. The Patriot Act cannot legalize treason. Anyone participating in or advocating these activities are levying a cold war on the public, along with those that passed the Patriot Act to usurp the laws which protected the public from tyranny.

Translation:None of this will actually change or stop unless those responsible aree tried for treason, and face a firing squad upon conviction.

Otherwise they will lie and say they stopped, call it something else, have computers do more of it, compartmentalize more, or set up 'reforms' like the "Intelligence Committees" that Frank Church created to 'reform' the NSA, (which now are advocates of it because the people on them were bought by 'defense' contractors).

posted by (2014-02-19 09:10:45)
magengar avatarAs in,
"We'll play Dead, and make the suckers believe we've gone away. Then before they know it we'll come back and BAM! LOCKDOWN."

posted by (2014-02-20 19:34:47)
Unsub avataroziman,
I know that you and SaM are just messengers when posting these "articles" but honestly, what/who are the sources and does anybody screen the information? You can find Senators/Congressman on any issue that "seem" to be fighting for the rights of the people, it doesn't mean anything. They could be supporting something they oppose but know that there isn't enough support to pass legislation for the position they are taking so no harm/no foul to the image they are trying to portray. And to quote the article, "the review panels appointed by the White House have also slammed Section 215". So? Obama has stood up to every panel that has declared this surveillance to be illegal/unconstitutional and flat-out said that he disagrees with their findings to put it lightly. To put it bluntly, Obama really meant that he has no plans to stop the surveillance and as the POTUS you can't stop me. His arrogance knows no bounds.

posted by (2014-02-22 13:40:58)
edddy avatarAccording to the ACLU, the NSA has reinstituted its "Total Information Awareness" domestic-spying program that was banned by Congress in 2003. Congress has done nothing to prevent this recent activity. They must first prove that the NSA is doing the activity, and the NSA is really not into divulging its activities to Congress. Even though oversight committees exist, the NSA holds 22 levels of security clearances above the president or anyone in Congress. If Congress wants to know what the NSA is doing, they have to find out by other means than asking the NSA.

posted by (2014-02-23 14:54:44)
metazip avatarWhy are they waiting until next year? Remove the entire Act and impeach the S.O.B.!

posted by (2014-02-23 20:00:06)
innovader avatarBritish GCHQ surveil the US more than the NSA. There is a partnership between them to do the other's dirty work thereby bypassing current legislation. There does need to be some measure of surveillance, but there also needs to be careful oversight by elected officials to ensure "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is not violated by misuse of power...which the NSA is clearly doing. Thank you Edward Snowden for bringing these atrocities to light for the general public. We who are in the know salute you.

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