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Congress : Let Section 215 Die
« on: May 23, 2015, 18:33:03 PM »
Update (May 23, 2015): Lots of drama in the Senate last night, as both the USA Freedom Act and a reauthorization of Section 215 failed to advance. For the first time, a majority of Senators took a stand against simply rubber-stamping provisions of the Patriot Act. The Senate will be back for a special Sunday session on May 31 just hours before the June 1 sunset. It’s more urgent than ever that we call on Congress to let Section 215 die.


https://action.aclu.org/secure/Section215?redirect=Section215TW&ms=tw_150428_nationalsecurity_section215patriotact
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Re: Congress : Let Section 215 Die
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2015, 19:08:05 PM »
I happen to watch this unfold on CSPAN last night in the wee hours of the morning. I never found any session of Congress so interesting. It was quite the drama! The USA Freedom Act did not pass... fell short by 2 to 3 votes. That act was the result of committee debates that had been working on a way to modify the current Patriot Act to make it more constitutionally sound. 

   Two California Senators.. Boxer and Feinstein immediately gave rebuttals to get it passed. McConnell of course shot that down immediately and put up a vote to extend the Patriot Act as it currently stands another two months to debate it further.  

   The extension was shot down by vote even further, did not even come near to passing like the USA Freedom Act did. 

   Then McConnell put up a request to extend the Patriot Act out to June 8th, it was objected by Senator Rand Paul who has been debating and filibustering the Patriot Act most notably recently in an 11 hour speech. During Paul's objection I caught Senator Lindsey Graham noticeably rolling his eyes near by. Rand Paul's fellow Senator's have recently been very annoyed with him going against the Patriot Act, most GOP Senators are very much for it. 

   McConnell put forth a vote to extend the Patriot Act until June 5th, then June 2cnd, all objected by Rand Paul again. 

   So finally McConnell had no choice to end the proceedings for the night, it was almost 2 am. He set a rematch to be scheduled on May 31st, the last day the Patriot Act is active in its current form, it expires June 1st. So I can only imagine that this is really going to be heated and further drama... 

    One final note on the drama from last night though... Senator Barbara Mikulski spoke after the whole debate expressing her full frustration with the situation. She had to be exhausted when she brought up Snowden she mistakenly referred to him as "Erik" Snowden.
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Re: Congress : Let Section 215 Die
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2015, 22:44:08 PM »
On Patriot Act Renewal and USA Freedom Act: Glenn Greenwald talks with ACLU's Jamell Jaffer...



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Even in the security-über alles climate that followed 9/11, the Patriot Act was recognized as an extreme and radical expansion of government surveillance powers. That’s why “sunset provisions” were attached to several of its key provisions: meaning they would expire automatically unless Congress renewed them every five years. But in 2005 and then again in 2010, the Bush and Obama administrations demanded their renewal, and Congress overwhelmingly complied with only token opposition from civil libertarians.
That has all changed in the post-Snowden era. The most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act are scheduled to “sunset” on June 1, and there is almost no chance for a straight-up, reform-free authorization. The Obama White House has endorsed the so-called “reform” bill called the USA Freedom Act, which passed the House by an overwhelming majority. Yet the bill fell three votes short in the Senate last week, rendering it very unclear what will happen as the deadline rapidly approaches.
Unlike many privacy and civil liberties groups, the ACLU has refrained from endorsing the USA Freedom Act and instead is advocating for allowing the Patriot Act provisions to sunset — i.e., to die a long overdue death rather than being “reformed.” Meanwhile, almost all of the 86 “no” votes in the House were based on the argument that the USA Freedom Act either does not go far enough in limiting the NSA or that it actually makes things worse.
I spoke yesterday with the ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director, Jameel Jaffer, about what is likely going to happen as the June 1 deadline approaches, whether the USA Freedom Act is a net positive for privacy supporters, and what all of this reform means for Edward Snowden’s status. The discussion is roughly 20 minutes and can be heard on the player below; a transcript is also provided. (in link below)
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/27/jameel-jaffer-patriot-act/
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" Anais Nin .. and yet we must arm ourselves with fear