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senate Bill S. 1035

Without Any Changes, Should the PATRIOT Act be Reauthorized Through 2020?

Argument in favor

The PATRIOT Act has played an instrumental role in protecting the U.S. from acts of terror since its enactment. Allowing crucial portions of it to expire or be significantly reformed would jeopardize national security.

Kenneth's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Look if you not doing anything wrong, why the hell are you complaining? I have nothing to hide, so they can investigate me all they want. With terrorism at its highest, you people sure want to weaken American fight against that....
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05/26/2015
Despite the big hoopla, I still haven't seen anyone unjustly investigated, prosecuted, and convicted under the Patriot Act. I support both the extension and the reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
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05/27/2015
I'm willing to sacrifice some freedom in oder to have this nation secure. I personally don't have nothing to hide so the government can watch whatever they want, my only hope is to see them catch those who use the freedom this country have to offer to harm the innocent for the own or someone else vendetta. So whatever is necessary for me is just fine.
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Argument opposed

Some elements of the PATRIOT Act may be necessary, but to leave it completely untouched and unreformed ignores the public’s concerns about the violation of innocent Americans’ civil liberties.

Stephen's Opinion
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05/26/2015
Russia and China both seem to like the security over freedom idea, but this is America. I stand with Thomas Jefferson and choose freedom over perceived security.
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lagast's Opinion
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05/28/2015
The government has no right to spy on its own citizens without going through the same legal process established to protect us. Also, officials admitted the PATRIOT Act has not stopped any terrorist plots, which is what it is for.
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05/28/2015
The USA PATRIOTS ACT was passed in fear. It greatly expands the government's ability to suspend due process.
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    IntroducedApril 21st, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 1035?

This bill would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until December 31, 2020. It would extend the PATRIOT Act and FISA without modification.


Because there would be no changes to these pieces of legislation, the bulk collection of all records under
Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, the FISA pen register authority, and national security letter statutes, would continue as they do under current law. Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is set to expire on June 1, 2015 without an intervention from Congress.

Impact

Americans whose data would otherwise have been gathered or are concerned with civil liberties, agencies with intelligence and counter-terrorism duties, national security.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1035

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this bill without comment, and allowed it to bypass committee so it would be free to receive a vote on the Senate floor if necessary. This bill’s cosponsor, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), described its purpose:

“This is to help stimulate our members beginning to look at the issue, to understand what this program is and more importantly understand its importance in our overall defense of the country… What the straight reauthorization does is [it] creates the fence that the debate is going to happen within.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), sponsor of the Senate's USA FREEDOM Act — a PATRIOT Act reform bill that passed the House but stalled in the Senate during the last session of Congress — called the introduction of the straight reauthorization a:

“tone deaf attempt to pave the way for five and a half more years of unchecked surveillance.”

There has been strong skepticism about the ability of a clean reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act to pass in the House among Republicans as well. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) called the proposal “a fringe measure that has no chance of passing Congress,” and his colleague Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said it is “clearly out of step with public opinion, and therefore likely to fail in the House.”


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Summary by Eric Revell
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Official Title

A bill to extend authority relating to roving surveillance, access to business records, and individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and for other purposes.

    Look if you not doing anything wrong, why the hell are you complaining? I have nothing to hide, so they can investigate me all they want. With terrorism at its highest, you people sure want to weaken American fight against that....
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    Russia and China both seem to like the security over freedom idea, but this is America. I stand with Thomas Jefferson and choose freedom over perceived security.
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    The government has no right to spy on its own citizens without going through the same legal process established to protect us. Also, officials admitted the PATRIOT Act has not stopped any terrorist plots, which is what it is for.
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    The USA PATRIOTS ACT was passed in fear. It greatly expands the government's ability to suspend due process.
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    Absolutely not! Privacy is more important than security!
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    The PATRIOT Act has resulted in the government taking hostile measures against the American people. The founders would've spat on any attempt by a federal authority to monitor the daily lives of the citizenry. It's only a matter of time before observation leads to domination, through force.
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    If a police officer pulled you over and then told you to bend over and spread your ass to make sure you're not hiding anything, would you? I mean, if you've got nothing to hide why should you be worried?
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    Absolutely not, the Patriot Act is one of the greatest attacks on our civil liberties that must be rescinded immediately. If we give an inch now, if history proves correct these laws will be used for more common day appearances. Think of the Rico laws that were used against organized crime in the 1930's, they're used all the time now in regular law cases that have flimsy connections to the original intent.
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    To keep the bulk data collecting initiative within the PATRIOT Act is to ignore the will of the people and ethics in general.
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    Despite the big hoopla, I still haven't seen anyone unjustly investigated, prosecuted, and convicted under the Patriot Act. I support both the extension and the reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
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    The government isn't here to protect you, they're here to abuse power. The PATRIOT Act makes that easier for them to do. This is one step closer to the US becoming a police state. Don't be naive, this protects no one.
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    We protect the civil rights of individuals and communities unjustly impacted by overbroad national security policies. We strive to confront the day-to-day breaches of civil rights to impact the larger social and institutional dynamics that prevent the realization of equal rights.
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    Our civil rights have been impaired long enough. 9/11 was more than a decade ago.
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    The expanded surveillance provisions haven't made us any safer; even supporters concede that no terrorists have been stopped by such measures. So...why are we spending so much money on this?
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    It shouldn't be supported in any shape or form. In fact it should be left to die.
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    This is a direct violation of our rights. We should be reforming this to protect the people and force government agencies to be more creative about the way they protect our country.
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    I'm willing to sacrifice some freedom in oder to have this nation secure. I personally don't have nothing to hide so the government can watch whatever they want, my only hope is to see them catch those who use the freedom this country have to offer to harm the innocent for the own or someone else vendetta. So whatever is necessary for me is just fine.
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    Reauthorized? It shouldn't have been authorized in the first place.
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    What if I told you your phone was tapped? How would you feel about that? The patriot at allows the government to tap everyone's phones.. And much much more.
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    Make sure no unnecessary infringement on civil liberties.
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