Senators Wyden And Udall Pledge To Strengthen USA Freedom Act By Closing Surveillance Backdoor

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By now, it should be well known that Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are the two key truth-tellers in Congress when it comes to what kind of surveillance is being done by the intelligence community. If they ask a question, assume the answer is “yes.” With the introduction of the new USA Freedom Act in the Senate, we noted that, while it does take a big step forward, there is a lot more that can be done. Wyden and Udall have released a statement noting that they plan to seek to strengthen the bill with an amendment to close the backdoor search “loophole” which is used by the entire intelligence community to spy on Americans. It’s unfortunate that Leahy didn’t include that in the original bill — and it suggests that there might not (yet) be enough support to close the backdoor. But this is a massively important issue — as Wyden and Udall have been pointing out for quite some time now. Hopefully, enough noise can be made that this important change is added to the bill.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

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As opposed to what, just ignoring the problem and hope it magically fixes itself?

If the attempted fixes ‘don’t go anywhere’, blame the other cowardly senators who aren’t willing to stand up for the people they are supposed to represent, not the people actually trying to address the problems and if not immediately fix entirely, at least start applying some patches to the more troublesome spots.

Whatever (profile) says:

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Wow, talk about misrepresenting what I said.

It’s about trying to do things when there are enough people on side to get them done. Just making a grand statement and submitting a resolution that has little hope of being passed doesn’t change anything. In fact, it’s the worst kind of political hot air, a time waster.

The truth of democracy is you get things done when the majority of people agree with you, not when you just piss into the wind.

Anonymous Coward says:

this will make a big difference in the USA but, because the UK which is a ‘partner in crime’ of the NSA, has just introduced a new law that removes everything from the people and gives everything to the surveillance state (GCHQ), all that will happen is that the UK will be doing the spying and handing stuff over to the USA. previously, it was more the other way round!

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