Legislators move against mass surveillance - Surveillance State Repeal Act - 'Never let them intimidate you. Never..'

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<blockquote>'And I stood up, my heart beating wildly — and told him that we were not his corporals or privates, that we worked for The New York Times and UP and AP and Newsweek..'

- 'So: Never let them intimidate you. Never..'</blockquote>

<blockquote>'To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for other purposes.'

- Surveillance State Repeal Act (pdf) (House effort would completely dismantle Patriot Act, March 24, 2015)</blockquote>

<blockquote>'Nearly two years after Edward Snowden’s sensational revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs targeting the communications of Americans, Congress has yet to pass legislation to end those programs. Two House lawmakers have just offered a bill to do just that.

Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) are the House sponsors of the Surveillance State Repeal Act, a bill which would not only end the mass surveillance laws currently on the books (the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act), but also prevent the federal government from forcing tech companies to build NSA-exploitable flaws into smartphones, tablets, WiFi routers, and other devices. This so-called “back door” issue has become a major political controversy ever since FBI Director James Comey publicly criticized companies like Apple for building high-quality encryption into applications like iMessage. Privacy and security experts are in broad agreement that sound encryption is an essential privacy and online commerce tool, and the bill would prohibit the federal government from forcing companies to make products with defective encryption.

The bill would dramatically strengthen whistleblower protections for federal intelligence agency employees and contractors. This portion of the bill was inspired by the searing experience of former NSA senior official Thomas Drake, who, a decade before Edward Snowden came on the scene, attempted to alert Congressional investigators and the Defense Department’s own inspector general of waste, fraud and abuse. Despite complying with all laws and regulations for reporting such abuse, Drake was wrongfully prosecuted by the Justice Department. The bill would make this kind of retaliation a firing offence.

The SSRA would also improve congressional oversight of surveillance activities by mandating Government Accountability Office compliance audits to ensure that previously collected data on Americans is destroyed unless an American is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.


..One of the most important public battles over the issue of security versus surveillance is about to begin.'

- Patrick G. Eddington, Legislators move against mass surveillance, March 24, 2015</blockquote>

Context 'So: Never let them intimidate you. Never..'

<blockquote>'..American journalism began in earnest as a rebellion against the state..' - 'America is sick..' - '..astonishing violations of the US Constitution..'

U.S. intelligence community is out of control - David Rothkopf

'..lying to Congress..' - '..something to hide.'

'National Security Has Become a State Religion'

'One sees authoritarianism v. individualism, fealty to The National Security State v. a belief in the need to constrain and check it, insider Washington loyalty v. outsider independence.'

'..the checks and balances that frame American democracy and civil liberties failed.'

Property rights - Civil Liberties - The Criminal N.S.A. (The New York Times)

'In digital era, privacy must be a priority.'

'..to prevent it from invading basic privacy, as guaranteed by the Constitution.'

(Haptopraxeology) - '..the near entirety of the social science community betrayed humanity .. failed .. to fulfill their vital scientific duty..'</blockquote>