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house Bill H.R. 2048

Reining in Government Spying: Banning Bulk Data Collection

Argument in favor

This bill is a step forward for balancing civil liberties and national security. It ends the bulk collection of data, makes FISA courts more transparent, and makes it easier for the government to track known terrorists.

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05/06/2015
Anyone who is willing to sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin said that, and I will repeat it until it is a cultural norm. It is unacceptable that we were ever willing to throw away our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights in favor of national security in the first place. Considering that Americans are at least eight times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than terrorists, I'm more worried about killer cops than cop killers.
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BarackObama's Opinion
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05/31/2015
"[This bill] reflects ideas from privacy advocates, our private sector partners and our national security experts. [...] We shouldn't surrender the tools that help keep us safe, it would be irresponsible and it would be reckless... [It has] overwhelming bipartisan support... So whats the problem? A small group of senators are standing in the way." [youtube.com/watch?v=BLlKojPit0o]
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Braille's Opinion
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05/08/2015
Just repeal the patriot act and be done with it
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Argument opposed

The un-reformed PATRIOT Act was more effective at providing the necessary intelligence to stop terrorism, and this bill could still do more to protect civil liberties. This leaves the government mired in the gray area between liberty and security.

Jake's Opinion
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05/06/2015
Anything short of repealing the Patriot Act is inadequate.
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Lance's Opinion
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05/01/2015
This bill does not go far enough in protecting the rights of Americans.
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Adrian's Opinion
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05/05/2015
It's a decent start, but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Tell your reps to vote for HR 1466, the surveillance state repeal act.
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    Anyone who is willing to sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin said that, and I will repeat it until it is a cultural norm. It is unacceptable that we were ever willing to throw away our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights in favor of national security in the first place. Considering that Americans are at least eight times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than terrorists, I'm more worried about killer cops than cop killers.
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    Anything short of repealing the Patriot Act is inadequate.
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    This bill does not go far enough in protecting the rights of Americans.
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    It's a decent start, but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Tell your reps to vote for HR 1466, the surveillance state repeal act.
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    "[This bill] reflects ideas from privacy advocates, our private sector partners and our national security experts. [...] We shouldn't surrender the tools that help keep us safe, it would be irresponsible and it would be reckless... [It has] overwhelming bipartisan support... So whats the problem? A small group of senators are standing in the way." [youtube.com/watch?v=BLlKojPit0o]
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    Just repeal the patriot act and be done with it
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    There has to be limits on the data that government collects on its citizens. This has gone on long enough. The people at NSA are smart, they can figure out a way to stop terror without stripping our civil liberties
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    It's not much reform, but denying a bill because it doesn't go far enough is choosing nothing over something. Also, this bill would halt a significant amount of data collection which violates the provacy rights of Americans who are not suspected of wrongdoing.
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    All this does is attempt to limit the massive data collection programs. We should be eliminating them, not supposedly "reining them in".
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    Everything this bill hopes to accomplish can be circumvented with an order from the FISA court or if it is a "danger to national security". The FISA court has rejected less than 0.1% of requests since its inception and "national security" is a blanket statement. This bill is all fluff.
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    Big Brother has to color in the lines!
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    Doesn't the 4th. Amendment say it all? Why not?
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    Sounds good! Thank you, Rep. Sensenbrenner, for caring about the people's right to privacy, as well as our national security.
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    Our country has evolved into the emo teenager of the world, attacking itself in self-loathing and whining. I think the hatred over the bulk collection came from people blowing it out of proportion and leading others to believe that someone sits in this place and actively listens to average Joe's phone calls. They have phone numbers and the length of time that you called that phone number. How do you people feel violated?! If you think that this information isn't sitting in the hands of someone else, you're wrong. Why not allow the people who have our nation's safety in mind to keep the data for reference when it comes to an issue of national security? Do you honestly think they care who you're cheating on your wife with, or how spicy your sex-talk with your girlfriend is? Can we all just grow up and realize that we're actually attempting to make it more difficult for our government to protect us?
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    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-Benjamin Franklin
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    The only acceptable action is the full repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act. No less.
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    If you believe "You should have nothing to hide" fair enough, in that case: send me a picture of you naked, send me your email address and password, your phone call records and all of your text conversations. I'll look through whatever I want and I won't show anyone I promise. Anyone still think privacy is for criminals?
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    If the U.S. Constitution supports Bulk Data Collection then I support the Constitution. If not, the Government needs to stop spying on sovereign citizens. And keep your hands out of my wallet, off my guns and Bible.
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    It runs directly in contravention of the 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Want bulk collection? Pass an Amendment.
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    My only issue with this bill is that it does not go far enough to protect citizens rights. We need this kind of legislation, I only worry we'll stop at half measures.
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