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senate Bill S. 1357

A Short-Term Extension for the PATRIOT Act (Unchanged)

Argument in favor

A short-term reauthorization is better than letting the security provisions of the PATRIOT Act lapse, and it will give the Senate about two months to come up with reform legislation that can pass.

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12/01/2015
"I support legislation which allows the NSA to hold the bulk metadata. For oversight, I propose that a court, which is available any time on any day, is created to issue individual rulings on when this metadata can be accessed." [newsweek.com]
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Raymond's Opinion
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05/26/2015
Let's get it done correctly over the next two months
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Margaret's Opinion
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05/25/2015
We need to be safe. We need to fight the terrorists. Yes perhaps some parts to the Patriot Act should be amended. I like the Freedom Act. I would rather be tapped then blown up.
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Argument opposed

There is other legislation that would preserve some aspects of the PATRIOT Act while banning the bulk collection of Americans’ data without a warrant. Pass that bill, or let the bulk collection provision expire.

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05/23/2015
The Patriot Act was far from patriotic. It was an illegal violation of American privacy and a dishonorable slap in the face to every citizen. These actions are deplorable.
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05/24/2015
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery" -Thomas Jefferson
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JoeyM's Opinion
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05/23/2015
The PATRIOT ACT is against the Americans wishes. if we extend it, we have a government against the people
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What is Senate Bill S. 1357?

This bill would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until July 31, 2015. It would extend the PATRIOT Act and FISA without any changes. The two are due to expire on June 1, 2015.

Because there would be no modification to these Acts, the bulk collection of all records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, the FISA pen register authority, and national security letter statutes would continue legally under current law.

Impact

Americans whose data would otherwise have been gathered or are concerned about infringements on their civil liberties, agencies with intelligence and counter-terrorism duties.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1357

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this bill in the hopes of providing a short-term extension of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act — assuming that the USA FREEDOM Act fails in the Senate after passing in the House.

While the USA FREEDOM Act made it through the House on a 338 to 88 vote, Senators have expressed doubts about the bill's ability to get the requisite 60 votes in the Senate.

This drama follows Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) 10 and ½ hour filibuster in opposition to the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ data, and a threat by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to filibuster any attempt to provide a ‘clean’ short-term extension of the PATRIOT ActFor their part, House Republicans like Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) called a ‘clean’ extension “a waste of time” and “posturing” — respectively — while others are happy to see the PATRIOT Act expire.


Of Note: A federal appeals court ruled that the NSA’s bulk data collection was illegal on May 7, 2015 — and while the ruling did mention the “seriousness” over the program’s constitutionality under the Fourth Amendment, it did not specifically strike the program down over constitutional concerns. It did, however, open the door to a full challenge of the constitutionality of the NSA’s data collection practices.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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Official Title

A bill to extend authority relating to roving surveillance, access to business records, and individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 until July 31, 2015, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedMay 14th, 2015
    "I support legislation which allows the NSA to hold the bulk metadata. For oversight, I propose that a court, which is available any time on any day, is created to issue individual rulings on when this metadata can be accessed." [newsweek.com]
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    The Patriot Act was far from patriotic. It was an illegal violation of American privacy and a dishonorable slap in the face to every citizen. These actions are deplorable.
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    "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery" -Thomas Jefferson
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    The PATRIOT ACT is against the Americans wishes. if we extend it, we have a government against the people
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    The Patriot Act is an overreach of governmental authority and should be allowed to expire. It raises the risk of government abuse more than it lowers the risk of a terror attack.
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    Section 215 needs to be allowed to sunset.
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    Absolutely not, the Patriot Act is one of the greatest attacks on our civil liberties that must be rescinded immediately. If we give an inch now, if history proves correct these laws will be used for more common day appearances. Think of the Rico laws that were used against organized crime in the 1930's, they're used all the time now in regular law cases that have flimsy connections to the original intent.
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    Absolutely not, are you kidding?! This reeks of incompetence and deception. "Uh, yeah, we need more time to think of some excuse to feed the American people as to why we should be allowed to continue to trample on their rights as citizens." If there was a legitimate reason to renew it, that reason would already be known and under consideration. Patriot Act supporters have simply been caught flat footed and weren't expecting to have to justify this breach of human rights.
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    Just say "NO!" to RINO Mitch McConnell's bill and vote for Sensenbrenner's bill, H.R. 2048, instead! "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin BTW, how many of you recall the news about all of that cocaine that was found on one of the ships that's owned by Mitch's wife's family in 2014?! It was found by Colombian authorities, if I remember correctly. . . . See: http://freedomoutpost.com/90-pounds-cocaine-seized-aboard-ship-owned-mitch-mcconnells-family/
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    No need to extend this one when they is another bill already available for passage.
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    Let's get it done correctly over the next two months
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    The government can't make you safe. Being a healthy, fit, individual with knowledge of self-defense techniques can keep you safe in most situations. Life is inherently dangerous. The government isn't here to protect you, they're here to abuse power at every opportunity. Stop giving them opportunities!
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    No, the Patriot Act is illegal in every way and violates our basic human rights.
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    Let's face it, bulk data collection will continue whether it's legal or not. We should at least try to maintain a small fragment of our privacy rights.
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    No more time is needed. Either repass the Patriot Act or let it die.
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    The patriot act is unconstitutional and should be repealed in its entirety without replacement
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    Long live Snowden
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    I am willing to give up my online privacy in order to protect my country from all its enemies, both foreign and domestic.
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    "In total, the PATRIOT Act has kept us safe, plain and simple. Despite the fear-mongering of some, there is no evidence the bulk metadata program has ever been used to violate civil liberties." [medium.com]
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    Enough short term fixes. Do your job Congress
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