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:
- Repeals the Patriot Act (which contains the provision that allows for the bulk collection of metadata from U.S. citizens).
- Repeals the FISA Amendments Act (which contains provisions allowing for the government to monitor emails).
- It would extend judges’ terms on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and technical and legal experts to advise on technical issues raised during proceedings.
- Mandate that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regularly monitor such domestic surveillance programs for compliance with the law and issue an annual report.
- Ban the federal government from mandating that the manufacturer of an electronic device must install spy software.
- Gives people a proper channel to report illegal activity in their department.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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