Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Media Silent As Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches

Authored by Rachel Blevins via The Free Thought Project,
It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law.

The USA Liberty Act has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8, and as Congressman Justin Amash noted, all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

“The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant - in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter.

“It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”
As Amash implied, the USA Liberty Act provides the opposite of “Liberty” for Americans. Instead, the purpose of the bill is to reauthorize and create additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Amash also noted that the USA Liberty Act is yet another piece of legislation that “furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.” He compared it to the USA Freedom Act, which was passed under similar circumstances in June 2015.

The House Judiciary has also tried to use the USA Freedom Act as a reference to its success, claiming that the bill “ended the bulk collection of data, protected civil liberties and national security, and provided robust oversight and transparency of our vital national security tools.”

However, as The Free Thought Project reported in May 2015, the USA Freedom Act “doesn’t actually end or suspend the phone records program, but simply requires phone companies to hold onto these records rather than the NSA.” It also authorized, for the first time, “the NSA, FBI, and other government agencies to unconstitutionally collect data in bulk on potentially millions of law-abiding Americans,” and it let the NSA collect “cell phone records in addition to the landline call records.”

Now, as Congress prepares to pass the USA Liberty Act, it claims the bill will “better protect Americans’ privacy” by requiring the government to have “a legitimate national security purpose” before searching an individual’s database. But what the bill does not advertise is the fact that it does not actually address the legitimate problems that exist with Section 702.
The FBI’s “legitimate national security purpose” could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give, and agents will only need supervisory authority in order to search Americans’ metadata.

Weeks before the latest vote, more than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, joined together in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, condemning the USA Liberty Act.

The coalition noted that the bill fails to address concerns with the “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to “conduct warrantless searches for the information of individuals who are not targets of Section 702, including U.S. citizens and residents.”
The USA Liberty Act departs from the recommendation made by the President’s Review Group on Surveillance, appropriations amendments that have previously passed the House, and urgings of civil society organizations, which would have required a probable cause warrant prior to searching the Section 702 database for information about a U.S. citizen or resident absent narrow exceptions. As written, it raises several concerns. First, the bill’s most glaring deficiency is that it does not require a warrant to access content in cases where the primary purpose is to return foreign intelligence. This is an exception that threatens to swallow the rule.
A legislative analysis from the Electronic Freedom Foundation noted that the USA Liberty Act does not “institute adequate transparency and oversight measures,” it does not “deal with misuse of the state secrets privilege, which has been invoked to stave off lawsuits against mass surveillance,” and most importantly, it will not “curtail the NSA’s practices of collecting data on innocent people.”

The science surrounding the USA Liberty Act is nothing new - from the time the USA Patriot Act was passed on fear-based propaganda in 2001, the United States government has used trendy names such as “Freedom” and “Liberty” as an appeal, while working with the mainstream media to politicize any and every tragic attack, in order to convince the American public that they must give up their liberties, in order to ensure temporary security.


Freewill said...

They have already been doing it. Now they trying to make it legal?

Anonymous said...

If everyone would realize all they are doing is trying to make you think they are taking away your rights which are really only privileges under their sound alike, look alike corporate constitution that is not styled the way that is lined out in all the founding documents as follows: "The Constitution for the united States of America", which is the organic one and only Constitution, then you would realize all you have to do is invoke the one and only by name in all situations necessary, they would realize their gig is up. They (the federal corporation) do not control what they did not create. Which is to say they only control what they do create. If you continue to claim your rights (which are privileges) under their sound alike, look alike corporate constitution, the illusion of losing rights will look real to you. They do not have the authority to do anything other than what they have been delegated to do by the land jurisdiction States in the original equity contract aka "The Constitution for the united States of America". Invoke what belongs to you and always has belonged to you as American Nationals. Do the things necessary to tell them who you really are.

Unknown said...

Just like the fraud concerning the DMV, DOT, automotive insurance companies and the trucking industry. Here in Oregon the head cheese, Moomow back in 85 admitted this and asked the legislature to pass a bill that would allow his agency to continue to sell driver license and registrations to the general public which they have been doing for generations without law. If this was not done, then his agency would loose money. The real history behind the liberty of locomotion is staggering. What they have been doing illegally for generations, 1985 they now try to make legal. Same principal with illegal traffic stops which today covers about 98% of anyones first contact with false power figures of so called government authority that can be fatal as well. Common sense tells anyone that the whole foundation of freedom is the liberty of locomotion.
For those of you who would like to follow up on some of this information, here is an article that was posted several years ago about Richard L Koenig who by the way is still alive and the battle continues. He is getting close to exploding, (figure of speech) the cesspool here in Oregon.

Anonymous said...

The one or others that even brought such a bill to the table should be arrested and tried for conspiracy to commit treason and I'm sure they are on the ticket to ride. A one way trip off the planet.