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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it’s called the USA Liberty Act

Posted on October 6th, 2017 at 20:21 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which allows American snoops to scour communications for information on specific foreign targets.

It also addresses the biggest criticisms of the FISA spying: that it was being used to build a vast database on US citizens, despite the law specifically prohibiting it; was being abused to do a mass sweep of communications, rather than the intended targeting of individuals; and that there was no effective oversight, transparency or accountability built into the program.

But in case you were in any doubt that the new law does not shut down the expansive – and in some cases laughable – interpretations put on FISA by the security services, you need only review the proposed legislation’s title: the USA Liberty Act. Nothing so patriotic sounding can be free from unpleasant compromises.

I’ll just quote reddit:

You can’t blame them for not being honest with the name though. You have any idea how hard it would be to pass a bill named “Metaphorically (and in some cases physically) Assfuck Helpless American Citizens Out Of Their Rights While Removing Government Accountability Act #80073”? I mean, what a mouthful that is.

  1. Crikey, dont you know anything?
    The Hypocrisy in Legislative Naming Act came into force a long time ago.
    Then there was the Misleading Acronyms Amendment.
    1984 just gave them ideas…

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