Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sensenbrenner Brags, NSA Rejoices

Jim Sensenbrenner is bragging that his USA FREEDOM act passed.

Justin Amash, who had originally co-sponsored the act, voted against it.  Why?

“This morning's bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program,” Amash wrote on his Facebook page. “It claims to end ‘bulk collection' of Americans' data only in a very technical sense: The bill prohibits the government from, for example, ordering a telephone company to turn over all its call records every day.”

... For example, the government could order AT&T to turn over all phone records for a particular area code or for “phone calls made east of the Mississippi,” according to Amash.

The current bill also extends the Patriot Act’s controversial section 215, which allows for the bulk collection of data, until 2017. The original bill expired that section in 2015.

In other words, Jim Sensenbrenner--who wrote the Patriot Act that was "mis-used" by NSA--wrote another bill which doesn't really stop NSA surveillance of US citizens.

Jim kinda likes the Gummint, ya' know.  He's lived on it for a long, long, long, long, long, time.


Anonymous said...

Nice to see you've come to agree with Sen. Russell Feingold, the lone dissenting vote on the original Patriot Act.

Dad29 said...


Sensenbrenner ALSO voted against the original one.

In fact, he's almost apologizing for the abomination passed yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Uhhmm...Senselessbrenner INTRODUCED the 2001 PATRIOT Act in the House. You're saying he voted against the bill he introduced?

Dad29 said...

Correction: Sensenbrenner opposed the original formulation, which was GWBush's "Homeland Security Act."

Billiam said...

Feingold's vote prompted me to call the guy and thank him. I told his secretary I don't like the guy, but he made the right call with his vote.