From May 12, 2015 came the following report. I added this to help explain what the House was trying to do in their bill.
House passes bill to end NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ phone data
Erin Kelly, USA TODAY 5 May 13, 2015
“WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records from millions of Americans with no ties to terrorism.
The 338-88 vote to approve the bipartisan USA Freedom Act was an effort by lawmakers to rein in NSA surveillance while renewing key sections of the sweeping Patriot Act anti-terrorism law through 2019.”
The complete story found HERE.
It is time and past that this out-of-control agency was reigned in. NOW the Senate needs to get off their old broken-down horse and do the same. The country as a whole is traumatized by the shenanigans of this secret force of idiots. We all are aware that certain judicious taps/traces are vital but that should never include information of everyone in or outside our country without proper procedure and oversight. This smacks to demigod manipulation far beyond its original intent.
If any in the Senate needs further information about Why this is important, I would say think on this — even the United Nations (gag! and choke me) has noticed and sent communications on this topic. In fact Brennan Center For Justice has a quite weighty assessment called “Article 17 of the ICCPR Assessment” that can be viewed on a public PDF that I found. (The link will be posted at the end if interested.)
A quick scan of that document reveals that the committee and community of the UN is both aware and outraged by the abuse of what they see as overall US interference in an area that it has no business. Being caught redhanded simply adds more sparks to a fire that the US may yet have to address later.
The document has recommended further possible steps by the United Nations as interference to stop this perceived abuse. The problem of being a leading country under the proverbial gun will then be met with glee by certain members if this fails to be corrected. Think a pack of wolves finding weaknesses to bring down their prey.
Now there is no way we should be having this sorry attempt at world governance mucking in the affairs of the US. It does, however, point to what our citizens have expressed repeatedly–target an individual or group using proper procedures NOT every single bit of information about every human in the world. It is obvious many countries are into the spy game or things would not be “leaked”; however, NSA and all the “supersleuths” have taken their paranoia too far. They, like Nixon, got caught and now must be reigned in. Oversight of their operations and spending should also be done to prevent this from happening again.
Of course more of the executive branch should also be reigned in as well. This is but a start. It should also be emphasized that finally a very important issue has Bipartisan support made its way through the quagmire of this portion of congress. This though I seriously doubt would ever have even made it to the floor in years past.