Freedom Act Gets Green Light From Senate

Freedom Act Gets Green Light From Senate

Two days after the Senate failed to renew key aspects of the Patriot Act, the House’s USA Freedom Act was passed with 20 Republicans joining nearly all Democrats in favor of the replacement.

The vote put a final bow on Sen. Rand Paul’s victory. He was the chief instigator in efforts to block the renewal of NSA’s phone data collection program. The program was exposed by Edward Snowden two years ago.

Although the bill allows for a six-month reprieve before the NSA must end data collection, going forward any data on phone calls must come as a result of a request by the NSA to phone companies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a last-minute push to defeat the bill. He urged Republican colleagues to vote the bill down after multiple failed attempts to amend the House measure.

Arguing that it does not measure up to the Patriot Act’s depth and breadth of protection, McConnell fired from the Senate floor that 61% of Americans want the NSA to continue collecting phone data.

In the end, pressure from the House to pass the bill without amendments prevailed. He thus avoided a “ping-pong” match and within hours of the 67-32 vote, President Obama signed the act into law.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I wouldn’t mind the government collecting such data, if I were sure it would be used to protect Americans instead of being used against them like the IRS, the EPA, the FDA, ect. ect.

    If the original guidelines of the Patriot Act had actually been followed by the federal government, I might even could have accepted that. But, as long as the federal government makes American Citizens feel like chickens in a coup where the feds not only would rather throw the door open for the coyotes, but also protect coyote rights and import more coyotes while at the same time punishing Americans, especially Christian conservatives who believe in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights (all of them) I think the data collection should have been ended a long time ago.

    Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Stalin, Khrushchev, Tito, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, just to name a few, would love to continue a program like the “Patriot Act”. The Patriot Act is to easily used to make us the envy of the Communist world.

  2. So, it is patently illegal for a govt agency – ostensibly to protect we the people – to collect all this information because it IS illegal. Yet, a PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT CORPORATION is not only allowed, but pretty much has to commit the EXACT SAME ILLEGAL ACTS WITH NO JUSTIFICATION OR LEGAL BASIS WHATSOEVER – and the NSA can then read whatever they want, whenever they want.

    In other words – this farce does NOT stop illegalities at all – but it pretends that congress is doing something good for you.

    Newsflash – NO REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT should ever receive another vote. This is exactly how they pretend that they helped you, but they just helped the UNAZI States of America burrow a little deeper under your skin, like the parasites they are.

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