WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency’s disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands.
That’s so much better…. (sarcasm). I feel so much less violated now.
And it has a pithy new Orwellian title too. (warm & fuzzy moment).
“This legislation will strengthen civil liberty safeguards and provide greater public confidence in these programs,” Obama said in a statement. Officials said it could take at least several days to restart the collection.
Remember when this was just about foreigners? not Americans? Mind you with all the illegals they let in… 🙂
And, of course, Jar Jar Boehner did his Sith Lord’s biddings.
In an unusual shifting of alliances (HAH!), the legislation passed with the support of Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, but over the strong opposition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell failed to persuade the Senate to extend the current law unchanged, and came up short in a last-ditch effort Tuesday to amend the House version, as nearly a dozen of his own Republicans abandoned him in a series of votes.
“This is a step in the wrong direction,” a frustrated McConnell said on the Senate floor ahead of the Senate’s final vote to approve the House version, dubbed the USA Freedom Act. He said the legislation “does not enhance the privacy protections of American citizens. And it surely undermines American security by taking one more tool form our war fighters at exactly the wrong time.”
“This legislation is critical to keeping Americans safe from terrorism and protecting their civil liberties,” Boehner said. “I applaud the Senate for renewing our nation’s foreign intelligence capabilities, and I’m pleased this measure will now head to the president’s desk for his signature.”
Protect them by spying on THEM. Right…again, with the number of illegals they let in who knows what we have let into this country so naturally the government has to spy on you because they won’t secure the border.
And I have complete faith in Jar Jar.
Makes perfect sense. 😦
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY!
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
WAR IS PEACE
Among GOP presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the only “yes” vote, while Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida joined Paul in opposing the bill. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who announced for president Monday, was absent. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is running on the Democratic side, also voted no.
Civil liberties groups have been mixed on the legislation, but the American Civil Liberties Union applauded the vote, with Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer calling it “a milestone.”
Well, if the ACLU is in favor of it, it must be good. 🙂
The some of the world’s oldest professions, Spying and Prostitution and Washington does both with gusto.
I feel so much less violated now. You hear that, NSA…. 🙂
Somewhere in Virginia a head is nodding.