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senate Bill S. 1997

USA RIGHTS Act: Reforming and Reauthorizing Surveillance Under FISA Section 702 For 4 Years

Argument in favor

This bill strikes an appropriate balance between liberty and security by letting intelligence agencies continue their surveillance under FISA Section 702 for four years with reforms to require that warrants are obtained before Americans’ information can be accessed and greater transparency.

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12/29/2017
This will not pass without GOP support, because it doesn’t do enough to hurt poor people.
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Keith's Opinion
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12/29/2017
Whether they like it or not intelligence agencies must obtain their information legally and ethically. Because there must be something that differentiates those who would go about breaking the law, and those who enforce it. We cannot get slack on our laws just because someone under federal investigation will do shady things. And whereas a criminal will always break more laws to continue their enterprise, we must take the higher road, even if it means a longer but ethical investigation. I am concerned about a slippery slope however, because government agencies can define “threat” any way they want to. Consider, for example, how Nixon was able to discredit anti-Vietnam protestors by saying that they were all a bunch of hippies smoking a very dangerous drug. To this day Marijuana has not caused a single death, but we will question the validity of anyone who smokes it. What’s to stop this current government from investigating anyone who doesn’t like the president as much as he likes himself? The republican led legislative branch continues to prove that executive accountability doesn’t matter to them, when that branch shares their political leanings. Going so far as to sling mud on Mueller, who up until he was asked to head the investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, was considered a legal gem by all sides of the aisle. But now that he’s closing in on the president, he all of a sudden can’t be trusted to be unbiased? And if something as important as threats against the transparency of democracy are not worth investigating for those republicans, what exactly do they consider a worthy threat? Likewise, as much as I want intelligence agencies to obtain their information legally and ethically, what’s to stop them from making up a threat?
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IllWill's Opinion
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12/29/2017
Surprisingly, I think this bill is a significant improvement from our current situation where Americans can have their communications taken without a warrant. I would prefer to get rid of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court all together since they’ve been just acting as a rubber stamp for the government, but I do think this bill finally brings us closer to a point where we are striking a good balance between liberty and security.
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Argument opposed

This bill handcuffs the ability of intelligence agencies to easily access communications under FISA Section 702 and therefore weakens the national security. Alternatively, Section 702 shouldn’t be reauthorized at all and should be allowed to sunset to protect Americans’ civil liberties.

TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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12/29/2017
No reauthorization! End this entirely unconstitutional practice! This is an egregious offense against free people! Any representative or senator supporting this mass surveillance should be considered an enemy of freedom, of liberty, and of the American people. End it now!
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RobY's Opinion
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12/29/2017
This bill and this program should die. The constitution already allows for warrants to be obtained when there is probable cause. Blanket spying and data collection is a clear infringement upon the civil liberties of US citizens.
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Conor's Opinion
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12/29/2017
They cannot be trusted with this incredible power anymore after Obama used it to spy on Trump and his campaign team.
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    This will not pass without GOP support, because it doesn’t do enough to hurt poor people.
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    No reauthorization! End this entirely unconstitutional practice! This is an egregious offense against free people! Any representative or senator supporting this mass surveillance should be considered an enemy of freedom, of liberty, and of the American people. End it now!
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    Whether they like it or not intelligence agencies must obtain their information legally and ethically. Because there must be something that differentiates those who would go about breaking the law, and those who enforce it. We cannot get slack on our laws just because someone under federal investigation will do shady things. And whereas a criminal will always break more laws to continue their enterprise, we must take the higher road, even if it means a longer but ethical investigation. I am concerned about a slippery slope however, because government agencies can define “threat” any way they want to. Consider, for example, how Nixon was able to discredit anti-Vietnam protestors by saying that they were all a bunch of hippies smoking a very dangerous drug. To this day Marijuana has not caused a single death, but we will question the validity of anyone who smokes it. What’s to stop this current government from investigating anyone who doesn’t like the president as much as he likes himself? The republican led legislative branch continues to prove that executive accountability doesn’t matter to them, when that branch shares their political leanings. Going so far as to sling mud on Mueller, who up until he was asked to head the investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, was considered a legal gem by all sides of the aisle. But now that he’s closing in on the president, he all of a sudden can’t be trusted to be unbiased? And if something as important as threats against the transparency of democracy are not worth investigating for those republicans, what exactly do they consider a worthy threat? Likewise, as much as I want intelligence agencies to obtain their information legally and ethically, what’s to stop them from making up a threat?
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    This bill and this program should die. The constitution already allows for warrants to be obtained when there is probable cause. Blanket spying and data collection is a clear infringement upon the civil liberties of US citizens.
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    Surprisingly, I think this bill is a significant improvement from our current situation where Americans can have their communications taken without a warrant. I would prefer to get rid of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court all together since they’ve been just acting as a rubber stamp for the government, but I do think this bill finally brings us closer to a point where we are striking a good balance between liberty and security.
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    Ben Franklin said it best”those who would give up essential liberties in order to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”//:://///////////////////////////////////READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·
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    They cannot be trusted with this incredible power anymore after Obama used it to spy on Trump and his campaign team.
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    It's funny that we need another law to protect us from illegal search and seizure from law enforcement agencies. It's like the constitution isn't enough, we have to reiterate it to every law enforcement agency out there with an additional law.
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    Admittedly I have mixed feelings about this one. Would this protect Tea Party organizations from an Obama-style overzealous IRS? I see Rand Paul is a co-sponsor, so that’s encouraging. Or would the overall effect of this be to protect the privacy (and secrecy) of home grown terrorist caliphates?
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    Want to spy on Americans get a warrant as outlined in Amendment IV US Constitution...
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    I never got the opportunity to vote away my privacy; I never got a say in private companies making money off my privacy with targeted ads. After 911, my privacy took a back seat and is now relegated to the back of the bus. So reauthorize and do more for the common Wo/Man. I want my privacy back.
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    With the present attempts to establish a fascist dictatorship, pack the Judiciary with unqualified uncaring ideologues who hold the Constitution in contempt, and the militarized police who often see peaceful demonstrators expressing Constitutional dissent, People of Color, and Water Protectors as enemies to be vanquished, absolutely no.
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    No. No! NO!! Do not want someone making up a story about me that becomes the basis of my enemies evidence for a court order to spy on me. Sound Familiar?
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    Of all the administrations I’ve lived thru, I trust this one the least. They are dedicated to tracking us to stomp out opposition. I truly fear them. No more spying.
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    Do the surveillance that needs to be done without infringing on Americans freedoms.
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    It's time to reign in fear mongering as a tool to limit our liberty. Freedom is not obsolete and must be addressed along with security.
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    I am not quite sure whether this is good or bad. I guess there is a price for freedom. I do believe the FBI and state police and local authorities are doing a good job. I am totally leery of Home Land Security. I am not sure money 💰 is well spent on TSA and Homeland Security.
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    Stop circumventing the 4th amendment!
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    I like that our rights are balanced with the needs of national security. I also like that it requires a warrant to access personal files digitally. Please vote for this to pass.
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    Delicate, far from perfect, but straightforward improvement
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