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house Bill H.R. 6172

Reauthorizing Gov’t Surveillance Authorities & Reforming the FISA Process

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill contains significant reforms to both the federal government’s surveillance powers aimed at protecting civil liberties, and to the FISA process to ensure that agencies aren’t misleading the courts so that they can spy on average American citizens or political campaigns. It may not be perfect, but this bill prevents a lapse in these authorities that could jeopardize national security.

jimK's Opinion
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03/11/2020
UPDATED TO REFLECT TODAY’S (5/14/20) ENVIRONMENT. I support this legislation which reforms the controls on the FISA process to ensure that authorizing courts are not misled and that the surveillance requests are warranted- BUT NOT AT THIS TIME- THERE ARE TOO MANY PANDEMIC RELATED ISSUES WHICH MUST BE GIVEN PRIORITY AND ADDRESSED FIRST. Yes, there have been abuses and this legislation is a step in the right direction to correct those abuses while still providing a useful tool to protect the country from foreign influence. I do not think that it is perfect but it does address many of the issues currently raised, and is definitely a step in the right direction.
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Dave's Opinion
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03/11/2020
Ben Franklin said to give up liberty for security, you end up with neither. This is why oversight is so important by we the people, check and balance is not only required, but is demanded in a free Society! This section would repeal the authority to collect call detail records on an ongoing basis and up to two “hops” from the target. Freedom is not just the second amendment, but from foreign interference like Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and others, countries that suppressed the freedom of their people!
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Kenneth's Opinion
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03/12/2020
This is the first step in eliminating the FISA court system. "Secret" court systems do not work in a democracy.
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Argument opposed

This bill may be bipartisan, but it doesn’t go far enough in reforming the government’s surveillance authorities to ensure that agencies like the FBI don’t mislead FISA courts and engage in illegal surveillance of American citizens. If more robust protections for civil liberties can’t be added to the package, the surveillance authorities should expire until a deal is reached.

KansasTamale's Opinion
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03/11/2020
This bill doesn’t go far enough. The Civil Liberties of the people have taken a hit since this legislation was introduced and made law to supposedly protect us from foreign terrorists. It has been seen that since 9/11 that the DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ARE MORE OF THREAT THAN FOREIGN. Much of this law goes far beyond what the forefathers meant for this country. It is time to fix it correctly which this Bill DOES NOT DO!!!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/11/2020
Edit. 5/27/2020 No way. The PATRIOT act was a mistake and has been abused a LOT. I’m definitely not in favor of all this mass surveillance! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY!! Let it expire. PS: the edits to this bill make it untenable. The Language that Schiff has inserted has such terrible ambiguity that it is now a even worse bill. Absolutely VOTE NO!
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Kathy's Opinion
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03/11/2020
Adjustments absolutely need to be made or it needs to expire! We have had abuse on a grand scale that has effected too many Americans.
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    UPDATED TO REFLECT TODAY’S (5/14/20) ENVIRONMENT. I support this legislation which reforms the controls on the FISA process to ensure that authorizing courts are not misled and that the surveillance requests are warranted- BUT NOT AT THIS TIME- THERE ARE TOO MANY PANDEMIC RELATED ISSUES WHICH MUST BE GIVEN PRIORITY AND ADDRESSED FIRST. Yes, there have been abuses and this legislation is a step in the right direction to correct those abuses while still providing a useful tool to protect the country from foreign influence. I do not think that it is perfect but it does address many of the issues currently raised, and is definitely a step in the right direction.
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    This bill doesn’t go far enough. The Civil Liberties of the people have taken a hit since this legislation was introduced and made law to supposedly protect us from foreign terrorists. It has been seen that since 9/11 that the DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ARE MORE OF THREAT THAN FOREIGN. Much of this law goes far beyond what the forefathers meant for this country. It is time to fix it correctly which this Bill DOES NOT DO!!!
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    Edit. 5/27/2020 No way. The PATRIOT act was a mistake and has been abused a LOT. I’m definitely not in favor of all this mass surveillance! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY!! Let it expire. PS: the edits to this bill make it untenable. The Language that Schiff has inserted has such terrible ambiguity that it is now a even worse bill. Absolutely VOTE NO!
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    Adjustments absolutely need to be made or it needs to expire! We have had abuse on a grand scale that has effected too many Americans.
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    Representative: Vote No. We need better Civil Liberties Protections!
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    End the government’s invasion of our privacy. End the misused and abused FISA court!
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    Ben Franklin said to give up liberty for security, you end up with neither. This is why oversight is so important by we the people, check and balance is not only required, but is demanded in a free Society! This section would repeal the authority to collect call detail records on an ongoing basis and up to two “hops” from the target. Freedom is not just the second amendment, but from foreign interference like Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and others, countries that suppressed the freedom of their people!
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    No bill of this nature should be passed or approved until all of our civil liberties are restored. Period. If it’s not the government spying on you then it’s a tech company like Amazon, Facebook or Google who then sells the data to the government. Every digital imprint you make is documented. Every conversation you have in proximity to a connected device is recorded. Every purchase you make with a debit or credit card is documented. You are being monitored 24/7. It needs to stop.
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    This is the first step in eliminating the FISA court system. "Secret" court systems do not work in a democracy.
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    Probably needs updating since things have changed since 9-11 when most of this was shaped.
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    The Patriot Act was a knee-jerk reaction. It was not well thought through, having the consequence of taking away much of our freedom in pursuit of a modicum of safety. Let it expire.
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    Government spying on we the people must stop. The FISA system has been abused and must be eliminated. If a law enforcement official need to spy on a citizen, get a judge to sign off on it like we used to. Much less chance of abuse.
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    We always seem to settle. While this bill is a start to the reform needed, it is no where near acceptable. Something as important as this should be done thoroughly and address all the issues with the process, especially noting what went on during and after the 2016 election.
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    FISA and the Patriot Act allow the government to collect more personal data than is necessary. Letting them expire so something completely new has to be developed is my preference.
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    Abolish FISA Court completely. Never again! #MAGA
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    An unnecessary and intrusive invasion of the liberties of American citizens. Born out of illegal programs, this needs to go.
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    I don’t trust the government, and doubt that this power won’t be abused.
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    In the past it has been abused by the FBI and CIA leadership. When you were a kid and you got a pellet gun or BB gun and you violated your parents trust that you would use it responsibly, when caught your weapon was taken away from you. Let it expire so it can’t be misused again
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    People really still worried about the Government, having your personal info? Really. If you have a computer, you have probably given away all your personal info a dozen times. If govt wants your info, they just send Facebook, Twitter, etc., a check and they give it to them, yes? And remember, your paying these corporations to take your info, and sell it, yes?
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    To much evidence of abuse
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