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In washington, DC, the House voted 303-to-121 on Thursday morning in favor of the USA Freedom Act, which includes a provision that the bill’s authors say will halt the US government’s bulk collection of telephone metadata.
One day earlier, the White House endorsed the bill and said in a statement that its “significant reforms would provide the public greater confidence in our programs and the checks and balances in the system.”
In its current form, however, critics say it lacks the sufficient provisions to truly put a dent in the NSA’s spy programs. The Electronic Frontier Foundation this week accused the latest version of the act to have been “gutted” of its most crucial parts and “doesn't achieve the goal of ending mass spying.”
originally posted by: SaturnFX
Not a fan of the NSA, but I am naturally concerned when Russia (or in this case, a pro-Russian media source) is actively trying to make the US less informed and dulled given their governments actions of late....trying to avoid the urge to become a paranoid nationalist..
originally posted by: ScientiaFortisDefendit
a reply to: LightningStrikesHere
It will halt the collection of metadata? So what now, they just collect the data data and the audio/video data only?
Any bill that has a name like "USA Freedom Act" is suspect, I don't care WHO wrote it. Where is the bill that shuts the NSA down completely? Or forbids the NSA to collect data on anyone OTHER than NON-US citizens, like it was created to do?
Yeah, there will never be a bill like that. What will have to happen is for war to break out and a bunch of citizen soldiers with bulldozers headed to Utah...
You wouldn't be looking for a good heavy equipment operator that will work free of charge would you????edit on 22-5-2014 by stirling because: (no reason given)