The House Judiciary Committee passed the new USA Freedom Act 30-0. This new act will take the place of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act which allowed government to spy on all of us without any checks and balances This new act will supposedly stop the listening in of Americans’ phones. Yeah, sure. Anyway, the new act requires that phone companies keep the data collected, not the g0vernment. It requires that Americans not be targets (ha-ha), phone calls can only be kept on foreigners. The collected data can only be kept for 18 months instead of 5 years. (oh, I just got a message from the librarians that I should stop clapping and laughing. I’m sitting here and I havent said one word, laughed or clapped. I wonder what’s next?)
Some politicians disagree and think the data should be kept for 5 years, as before. (Vote idiots like this out of office.)
The next step of the act goes to the senate judiciary committee and the committee has to approve the act. And this won’t happen till late summer, if ever.
This new act also requires that FISC get approval before any information’s gathered on a person. And also, the committee has to get proof from FBI, or whatever agency’s involved, that the person is very dangerous and the person involved has to have his phone traced.
I’m sure that this new act will take a long time in coming. I don’t think anything will happen soon. But it’s a start.
But, honestly, my own opinion is that nothing will change. NSA will still spy on all of us and keep track of every phone call we make. So much for government honesty. The government lied before and will continue to lie about what it’s doing to its citizens. I’m proof of that.
So, I expect no changes in the Patriot Act and, sure as hell, don’t trust the government. I trust the government as much as I trust a snake. As a matter of fact, I trust a snake more.
Thanks to Edward Snowden for getting this started.
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