How You Know USA Freedom Act Is A Bad Bill: Half Of Its Own Co-Sponsors Voted Against It

from the broken-politics dept

We already wrote about how the fake USA Freedom Act passed the House of Representatives, with many of the "no" votes coming from the Representatives who are most vocal about wanting to reform the NSA. As we noted, this shows just how much the bill changed from reforming the NSA to locking in the status quo. But here's an even bigger indication of what a joke the bill became 76 of the 152 co-sponsors of the bill voted against it. In other words, half of the people whose names are on the bill as co-sponsoring it, felt the bill was so unlike the one they sponsored that they voted against it entirely. For all the talk from supporters of this bill about how it showed how Congress can "come together" and agree to "reform the NSA," the reality is quite the opposite. It shows how a few powerful folks in the government can undermine real attempts at reform that had tremendous and widespread support.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 May 2014 @ 3:54am

    Don't Reform PATRIOT/FAA - REPEAL IT!

    If we are lucky, this 'ultra-shocking' revelation that Greenwald is getting ready to publish in the next few weeks might just be enough to push reform supporters into 'repeal' territory, and push the NSA loyalists into supporting real reform.

    I'm guessing the subject is going to be along one of these lines:
    -Confirmation that the NSA spies on Congress, particularly on its critics. The major dirt will be that it's established 'profiles' and provides intel to 'sway' (read: blackmail) critics into supporting mass surveillance
    -NSA is spying on groups critical of surveillance, including but not limited to EFF, ACLU, CDT and so on

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