Friday, November 1, 2013

Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans

Trevor Timm
EFF

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one of the NSA’s biggest defenders, released what she calls an NSA “reform” bill today.

Don’t be fooled: the bill codifies some of the NSA’s worst practices, would be a huge setback for everyone’s privacy, and it would permanently entrench the NSA’s collection of every phone record held by U.S. telecoms. We urge members of Congress to oppose it.

We learned for the first time in June that the NSA secretly twisted and re-interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act six years ago to allow them to vacuum up every phone record in America—continuing an unconstitutional program began in 2001. The new leaks about this mass surveillance program four months ago have led to a sea change in how Americans view privacy, and poll after poll has shown the public wants it to stop.

But instead of listening to her constituents, Sen. Feinstein put forth a bill designed to allow the NSA to monitor their calls. Sen. Feinstein wants the NSA to continue to collect the metadata of every phone call in the United States—that’s who you call, who calls you, the time and length of the conversation, and under the government’s interpretation, potentially your location—and store it for five years. This is not an NSA reform bill, it’s an NSA entrenchment bill.

Other parts of the bill claim to bring a modicum of transparency to small parts of the NSA, but requiring some modest reporting requirements, like how many times NSA searches this database and audit trails for who does the searching.



But its real goal seems to be to just paint a veneer of transparency over still deeply secret programs. It does nothing to stop NSA from weakening entire encryption systems, it does nothing to stop them from hacking into the communications links of Google and Yahoo’s data centers, and it does nothing to reform the PRISM Internet surveillance program.

Ironically, a bill that claims to bring transparency to the NSA was debated, discussed and modified by the Intelligence Committee today in secret.

The bill does make minor improvements in other areas, by explicitly allowing the FISA court to accept amicus briefs in certain circumstances (though it has already done so with existing authority), and authorizing a report to Congress will summarize significant FISA court opinions. Summarize, but not release.

Make no mistake: this is not an NSA reform bill at all. Instead of codifies one of the NSA’s most controversial surveillance programs. We urge you to call your Senator to oppose Sen. Feinstein’s disingenuous bill.

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Duel citizens should not be allowed in politics, period. Sen. Feinstein (Israel) reminds me of a Vampire inasmuch that she and her cohorts suck Nations dry and use them as servants. Evil, Wicked, Mean and Nasty they are. I feel for the real Jewish race for they will be blamed for what is coming.

Anonymous said...

The most onerous part of the NSA spying on American citizens is the raw data sharing by the NSA with Canada, Britain, and Israel.
Particularly Israel, whose Jewish Defense League is known to have assassinated American-Palestinians on US soil.
Putting American citizens at risk from foreign countries assassination squads with information supplied by the taxpayer funded NSA.

Anonymous said...

Sen. Fiend-stein. That's who she is. Well I already got rid of the Internet and my computer now sits unused and I refuse to buy anything related to tech. Even my 360 sits unused and refuse anymore of that stuff too. So this can continue if the NSA and Fiendstein would like. Go ahead jerkoffs, spy all you want. It's just saving me money. This is the kind of stand everyone should be taking. No negotiations. Just stop spending money on tech stuff that the corporations control. If I can do it and survive, so can everyone else. Lets take our money away from these useless losers already. It will starve the beast...

Anonymous said...

DNA will soon prove she's Hitler's illegitimate daughter....

Anonymous said...

I hope we all live long enough to see this kunt beg for her life.

oejy said...

"Well I already got rid of the Internet and my computer now sits unused and I refuse to buy anything related to tech". Question, How did you manage to post here ?

Anonymous said...

Interesting statement as a week ago after reading about her bill to control or eliminate alternative media I looked up how many of a united state representatives were Jewish, I came up with approx 75 percent give or take. I had not given this much thought before but I am looking to as many facts as I can these days and asking the who, the what , the when, why and where about anything they do.

Anonymous said...

Then she would be of the bloodline of both bush and Obama look it up they are 10th cousins and the bushes are related to hitler.

Anonymous said...

Interesting statement as a week ago after reading about her bill to control or eliminate alternative media I looked up how many of a united state representatives were Jewish, I came up with approx 75 percent give or take. I had not given this much thought before but I am looking to as many facts as I can these days and asking the who, the what , the when, why and where about anything they do.

Anonymous said...

@Oejy - Good Catch! Probably posted a comment from a telephonic device or he's telekinetic...

David A. Laibow said...

75% are Jewish? I'm Jewish, and I find that statement very hard to believe. Is the standard practicing Jews such as Al Franken or Charles Schumer, or just Jewish ancestors somewhere in the family tree. Feel free to contact me directly at "davidlaibow[at]yahoo.com". Thanks, Dave Laibow

Anonymous said...

She should be deemed a terrorist as being a greater danger to the life and liberty of the people than Al Qaeda could ever be. She and many others in Congress and the Administration. TTO!

Anonymous said...

Hey Feinstein, you know what : I dreamed about you the other night : you were floating in filthy water but thanks God I was able to flush the toilet and gone you were!

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