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    Default Once Opposed, Key Lawmakers Back New Anti-NSA Bill

    Once Opposed, Key Lawmakers Back New Anti-NSA Bill
    The bill, penned by the congressman who drafted the Patriot Act, will drop next week. And it could have the votes to pass.

    By Dustin Volz
    October 25, 2013

    The primary sponsor of the Patriot Act will introduce a bill next week aimed at reining in the National Security Administration's domestic-surveillance programs, backed by about 60 cosponsors, including at least a half dozen who voted against a similar, narrowly defeated measure brought to the House floor this summer.

    A date has not been finalized, but the Freedom Act, written by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., could drop as early as Tuesday. It follows an amendment introduced by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., that failed by a razor-thin 205-217 margin in July.

    "Six members who voted no and two who didn't vote on the Amash amendment are original cosponsors of the USA Freedom Act," Sensenbrenner spokesman Ben Miller told National Journal. "Had they voted for the amendment, it would have passed 213 to 211."

    Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., are among those lawmakers who voted no on the Amash amendment and are now cosponsoring Sensenbrenner's legislation.

    "Rather than defunding, Congressman Terry has always believed that changes to the Patriot Act are the appropriate way to rein in the NSA," said spokesman Larry Farnsworth of Terry's switch.

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    Wow, so this might actually pass!

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    Major New Anti-NSA Bill Dropping Next Week With Powerful Support

    from the this-could-get-interesting dept

    by Mike Masnick
    Fri, Oct 25th 2013 2:05pm

    We already knew that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was getting ready to release a major new anti-NSA spying bill called the USA Freedom Act, and Derek Khanna has just revealed many of the details of the bill, scheduled to be introduced in both houses of Congress this coming Tuesday. It will be backed by Sensenbrenner in the House and Pat Leahy in the Senate, and will have plenty of co-sponsors (already about 50 have signed up) including some who had initially voted against the Amash Amendment back in July. In other words, this bill has a very high likelihood of actually passing, though I imagine that the intelligence community, and potentially the White House, will push back on it. For Congress, gathering up a veto-proof majority may be a more difficult task.

    The bill appears to do a number of good things, focusing on limiting the NSA's ability to do dragnet collections, rather than specific and targeted data collection, while also significantly increasing transparency of the activities of the NSA as well as the FISA court when it comes to rulings that interpret the law.


    This legislation doesn't solve all the problems, but it does clearly attack the most egregious actions by the NSA and the wider intelligence community. I imagine those in that community will fight back hard on this. We'll be hearing outrageous claims about how people will die if they can't spy on all of us. But, in the end, if the NSA hadn't continued to expand its spying efforts, we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with.
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    Only because polling indicates the natives are getting very restless to spying, illegal operations of the NSA/Federal agencies, and the support/votes are growing against these spineless prostitute politicians.

    Activism is working in conjunction to Snowden's facts released. Difficult for the NWO cabal to fight this with their money and media.
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    Anyone actually think anything will really change? All that's going to happen is the shells will be moved around a bit, and it'll go back underground, but we will still be watched 24x7.

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    Well, you can only hope for what is possible. Is there a better course of action belian78?
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    It is "good news" like these that show why Obama election has has some upsides too. By the time SWC ends his second term, whole of GOP could be converted to defenders of Constitution.. sans some very hardcore neecon nuts within GOP.

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    It's gotten to the point where I suspect any government "fix" will actually end up making things worse.
    "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
    Ronald Reagan, 1981

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    Quote Originally Posted by enoch150 View Post
    It's gotten to the point where I suspect any government "fix" will actually end up making things worse.
    hear here. Watch for what Amash and Paul do here. They actually read the things after all.

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    Senate will kill it.
    Oligarchy delenda est

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