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tsai3904
06-16-2015, 10:41 PM
Amash tried to get his amendment made in order to strike a provision in the Intelligence Authorization bill that "permits the government to acquire, retain, and disseminate nonpublic telephone or electronic communications (i.e., content) of United States persons without the consent of the person or proper legal process."

Between 48:01-1:02:41:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTSOAM7lAM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTSOAM7lAM

Amash's amendment was not made in order (will not go to House floor for a vote).

Here's more background:


This afternoon, I sent the following letter to my colleagues in the House of Representatives:

Stop Spying on U.S. Citizens: Vote “NO” on H.R. 2596

Dear Colleague:

This afternoon, the House will consider the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which fails to address an expansive new authority recently granted to the intelligence community with virtually zero scrutiny or debate.

Last year, House and Senate leadership used the IAA to rush through a provision that permits the government to acquire, retain, and disseminate nonpublic telephone or electronic communications (i.e., content) of United States persons without the consent of the person or proper legal process. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.

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More:
https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/908752229164184

Text of the relevant section:


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(b) Procedures for Covered Communications.--

(1) Requirement to adopt.--Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act each head of an element of the intelligence community shall adopt procedures approved by the Attorney General for such element that ensure compliance with the requirements of paragraph (3).

(2) Coordination and approval.--The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall be--

(A) prepared in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence; and

(B) approved by the Attorney General prior to issuance.

(3) Procedures.--

(A) Application.--The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order (including an order or certification issued by a court established under subsection (a) or (b) of section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), subpoena, or similar legal process that is reasonably anticipated to result in the acquisition of a covered communication to or from a United States person and shall permit the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of covered communications subject to the limitation in subparagraph (B).

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Roll call vote on the Intelligence Authorization bill:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll369.xml

jtap
06-18-2015, 12:10 PM
He's doing great work. Love this guy!

nayjevin
06-22-2015, 01:27 PM
Amash at 48:00. Good summary of the absurdity of the institution. It's kangaroo, and they all know it. Intelligence officials are just lying about legislation.

rg17
06-22-2015, 03:44 PM
Hope Amash can stop this bill!