USA Freedom Act Gutted Before House Passage; Heads to Senate

On his Facebook page Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who has taken up the mantle from the now-retired Congressman Ron Paul as America’s premier defender of civil liberties in Congress, stated that the bill actually codifies into law practices that would legally sanction massive data-mining of Americans without either the judicial warrant, probable cause, or particularity required by the Fourth Amendment:

I was and am proud of the work our group, led by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, did to promote this legislation, as originally drafted. However, the revised bill that makes its way to the House floor this morning doesn’t look much like the Freedom Act. This morning’s bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program.

FK – There are those among us who would bow down to a king if they thought it would make their existences easier or safer…