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Ron Wyden and Rand Paul kill the Patriot Act (ish)

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I don't know what to make of this. Just posting so you can know it's going on in case you haven't seen this.

 

 

After an all-night session, Rand Paul [R-KY] and Ron Wyden [D-OR] tag-teamed majority leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and beat him to the mat -- he has abandoned the current legislative effort to extend section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes mass surveillance and is set to expire on June 1.

This was not what we expected -- political handicappers had put safe money on some kind of compromise emerging from today's session. With no such compromise in sight, McConnell will have to start over, twisting arms and knocking heads to get Congress to re-authorize another long stretch of unaccountable, secret mass surveillance. He's got his work cut out for him as the Senate has adjourned until May 31 -- 24 hours before the deadline.

Don't forget: the FBI has admitted that Section 215 surveillance has never produced intelligence that led to them cracking a terrorism-related case or preventing a single terrorist attack.

It's not all good news: the better-than-nothing, still-not-great USA Freedom Act -- which placed some limits on mass surveillance also got beaten back in the Senate.

 

Tonight, the US Senate failed to move ahead with the USA Freedom Act, an NSA reform bill that would address phone record surveillance and FISA Court transparency and fairness. It also was unable to muster votes for a temporary reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the section of law used to justify the mass phone records surveillance program. That’s good news: if the Senate stalemate continues, the mass surveillance of everyone’s phone records will simply expire on June 1.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act has been wrongly interpreted in secret by the government for years. We commend every Senator who voted against reauthorizing the unconstitutional surveillance of millions of law-abiding Americans.

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more at link and worth the read:

http://boingboing.net/2015/05/23/ron-wyden-and-rand-paul-kill-t.html

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Final votes on Patriot Act, trade deal bill set dramatic stage for Congress’ return

The Senate’s failure to extend the USA Patriot Act will bring the legislation on NSA phone-record collection and other key surveillance activities perilously close to expiring on June 1, forcing senators to return early from recess for a rare Sunday session.

The Senate vote was just one of two this weekend that set the stage for dramatic showdowns on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks and months.

The GOP-led upper chamber passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen President Obama's hand in global trade talks. However, the legislation must now pass the Republican-led House, with help from Democrats because some conservative members oppose the legislation.

Speaker John Boehner supports the measure and says Republicans will do their part to pass it.

Dozens of House Republicans oppose the legislation either out of ideological reasons or because they are loath to enhance Obama's authority, especially at their own expense.

Senate and now House Democrats are showing little inclination to support legislation that much of organized labor opposes.

On the Patriot Act bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will bring the upper chamber back into session on Sunday, May 31 -- roughly 24 hours before the post-9/11 legislation expires.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/23/key-final-votes-on-patriot-act-trade-deal-bill-set-dramatic-stage-for-congress/

McConnell is bringing it back up 24 hours before expiration. OMG! Hurry and pass it! Sigh. This is just so predictable.

 

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Wow, they've managed far better than I thought, good work, let's hope they can keep the new versions from sneaking in tweaks to allow more evil sneakiness! :balpk:

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Changing my post - It's a start.... Some GOOBERS need a foot up their rear end especially when it comes to this treasonous TPP - In all good news - I can't give Rep, so here is a Video for you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI3shBXlqsw

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