Here are 9 important things the Patriot Act repeal bill would accomplish

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By Bonnie Kristian March 25, 2015

This is the privacy bill we’ve been waiting for. Introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis), the The Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R. 1466, would completely repeal the PATRIOT Act—and more.

Julie Borowksi at FreedomWorks has created this handy list of what the bill would accomplish:

  1. Repeals the Patriot Act (which contains the provision that allows for the bulk collection of metadata from U.S. citizens).
  2. Repeals the FISA Amendments Act (which contains provisions allowing for the government to monitor emails).
  3. It would extend judges’ terms on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and technical and legal experts to advise on technical issues raised during proceedings.
  4. Mandate that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regularly monitor such domestic surveillance programs for compliance with the law and issue an annual report.
  5. Ban the federal government from mandating that the manufacturer of an electronic device must install spy software.
  6. Gives people a proper channel to report illegal activity in their department.
  7. Says that no information related to a U.S. person may be acquired without a valid warrant based on probable cause—including under Executive Order 12333.
  8. Retains tools that are useful to law enforcement such as not requiring a new warrant if the suspect switches devices in an attempt to break surveillance.
  9. Protects intelligence collection practices involving foreign targets for the purpose of investigating weapons of mass destruction.

As Rep. Pocan commented, “we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties,” and this bill goes much further than past proposalstoward making that a reality.


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