Democrats Defend Freedom By Introducing Bill To Completely Repeal The Patriot Act


U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act. The Democratic bill would repeal the Patriot Act and NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

The bill
would completely repeal the Patriot Act and order the destruction of all information on US citizens that are not under active investigation that was collected under the Patriot Act:

The USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 8 107-56) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

(b) DESTRUCTION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION.—The Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General shall destroy any information collected under the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56) and the amendments made by such Act, as in effect the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, concerning a United States person that is not related to an investigation that is actively ongoing on such date.

Rep. Pocan said, “The warrantless collection of millions of personal communications from innocent Americans is a direct violation of our constitutional right to privacy. Revelations about the NSA’s programs reveal the extraordinary extent to which the program has invaded Americans’ privacy. I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security- we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties. This legislation ends the NSA’s dragnet surveillance practices, while putting provisions in place to protect the privacy of American citizens through real and lasting change.”

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Rep. Massie said, “The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state. Our Founding Fathers fought and died to stop the kind of warrantless spying and searches that the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act authorize. It is long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and reassert the constitutional rights of all Americans. I am proud to co-sponsor Congressman Pocan’s bill and look forward to working with him on this issue.”

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The Patriot Act is a Bush era stain that should have been removed years ago. Most members of Congress are afraid touch it because they are terrified that they would be blamed if they repealed the Patriot Act, and the nation suffered another terrorist attack. The Patriot Act is a bad law that was passed during an era of post-9/11 fear and hysteria.

There is no doubt that the American people can have both safety and liberty. The Patriot Act goes too far, and removing the domestic programs that are targeting innocent citizens is the one sure way to restore privacy and freedom back to the American people.

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    • Of course we're listening.
      Ooops... Nix. Nix. Nix.
      I didn't say that.
      Plausible deniability.

      George. Dick. Condi. Help me out here.

  • This the first time I could ever agree on anything with Massie. He's a N. Kentucky, teabag, nutcase. But this is reasonably. Sometimes I can still be amazed.

  • From the article: "The bill is likely to be a nonstarter for leaders in Congress, who have been worried that even much milder reforms to the nation’s spying laws would tragically handicap the nation’s ability to fight terrorists. A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but failed to gain any movement in the House. "
    Derp...

  • How is it this is a "Democratic" bill when it is co-sponsored by a Republican? Enough with the partisanship -- this is a sensible bill that is needed to set this country back on the right track.

  • Do you really think the Fascist Republicans will vote to repeal the Patriot Act?!? LMAO
    One of the "DCs" of Fascism is obsession with national security. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 was the Fascist GOP's knee-jerk reaction to 9/11, as the damned thing was written, passed and signed into law (by the GOP, go figure) in just 45 days after 9/11.
    This thing never should have been written, let alone passed and signed into law. It never should have existed in the first place. The fact that it needs to be repealed is an understatement.

  • Russ Feingold was the only senator not to sign the bill.

    The rest of the panicked sheep in both parties hurriedly voted on this pile of crap.

    His explanation was dead on why this bill should not be passed, yet no one listened.

  • So even though this article states "The Patriot Act is a Bush era stain that should have been removed years ago" The Patriot Act expired in December 2009. It was intended to expire so Congress could ensure the Law wasn't an abuse of power and then make a decision. Then a renewal was passed by a Democratic House and Senate and signed into law by the POTUS in early 2010.

    In essence the Democrats are trying to get rid of a Democratic law - all the while still trying to blame Bush. I'm glad they're looking to get rid of it but a little fact checking will tell you why this law still exists [WINK]

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