Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act, which would renew some of the “less controversial” expiring portions of the Patriot Act, but also would end the government’s bulk collection of phone data. That bill is now facing resistance in the Senate, where Republican leaders assert that a full extension on the Patriot Act provisions should be granted without any changes. However, an FBI report admitting that no major cases have been cracked with surveillance powers authorized by the Patriot Act provides fodder to fuel the fight against extending the Patriot Act’s bulk data collection.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act, slated to expire on June 1, authorizes the government to collect “any tangible things” that the government proves are “relevant to” an investigation into suspected terrorists. It permits government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents of Americans who have no official ties to terrorist organizations.
The NSA’s unconstitutional, warrantless phone snooping program operates under Section 215. Supporters of the program claim it is critical in the fight against terror.
In a surprising bipartisan vote of 338-88, members of the House approved the USA Freedom Act, which would extend most of the powers except for the bulk collection of data. Under the USA Freedom Act, the government would have to ask phone companies to store the data, and agents would have to apply for a particular number if they believed it was associated with terrorism.
FK – How much longer? Will all of amerika dig the ditch it’s told to dig then wet its pants when the machine bun bolts slam home and die stupidly wondering “How did this ever happen to me?”
News release from Sen. Rand Paul:
FK – Gee, even the young tyrants have a clue about some things. What’s the world coming to?
This is why Paul should probably stay in the Senate for a while. If the elites allow him into the now red house they’ll either kill him if he actually does anything or stage a massive false flag in order to install one of their own again, discredit the Liberty movement and start WWIII over 3000 year-old tribal propaganda…