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senate Bill S. 1123

Reforming The Federal Government’s Surveillance Program

Argument in favor

The Obama Administration’s data collection program violates the privacy of people in the U.S. While there should be no data mining, but if it happens, there need to be more regulations to keep the NSA accountable for its surveillance.

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09/10/2015
And I quote...They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.-Benjamin Franklin
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Michael's Opinion
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08/26/2015
"Probable cause". Otherwise, keep your nose out of my private life.
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Mike's Opinion
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01/17/2016
Citizens have a right to privacy. The federal government should have to get a warrant before placing citizens under surveillance.
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Argument opposed

The federal intelligence community should be given free rein to collect data, so it can effectively protect the country against terrorists. If people have something to hide, perhaps they shouldn't be doing it at all.

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06/15/2015
This bill doesn't even begin to address the real underlying problems. It merely changes who is housing the data. I fail to see how this makes us any safer from governments desire to have access to every bit of digital information. They will simply build back doors into the corporate data warehouses.
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RickS's Opinion
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07/17/2015
This is a fake reform bill to placate the masses. We want real reform and an end to mass surveillance and bulk collection.
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Justin's Opinion
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01/30/2016
U.S. Citizens should be willing to sacrifice some rights to keep us safe.
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  • The house has not voted
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 28th, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 1123?

This bill aims to reform the National Security Agency (NSA) and change its policies around surveilling people in the U.S.

It would stop the federal government's bulk collection of metadata — like phone call records relating to a specific area code, phone provider, geographic region, or zip code. The government would also have to make public the number of people it collects data on.

Instead, NSA would be offered the authority to request calling records from phone companies for specific reasons. Even then, the government would have to get rid of information that did not have intelligence value and their operations would be subject to stronger oversight. 

Big name tech companies have an agreement with the US government that prevents companies from revealing much about the amount of data the government collects.The bill would allow tech companies to report in more detail to the public on surveillance requests they receive from the government.

Impact

People who use technology that can be surveilled by the federal government; communication and tech companies; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the National Security Agency.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1123

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note: 

A few years ago, several big tech companies sued the federal government arguing for their right to reveal how much data the government collects on their clients.

14 organizations lobbied to support the bill, including Google — spending $3.94 million lobbying on the bill, and AT&T which spent approximately $3.47 million.


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(Photo Credit: "This Phone Is Tapped" by david drexler. Licensed under Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons)

AKA

Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

    And I quote...They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.-Benjamin Franklin
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    This bill doesn't even begin to address the real underlying problems. It merely changes who is housing the data. I fail to see how this makes us any safer from governments desire to have access to every bit of digital information. They will simply build back doors into the corporate data warehouses.
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    This is a fake reform bill to placate the masses. We want real reform and an end to mass surveillance and bulk collection.
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    If Americans are abiding by the law, the government has no business surveilling/collecting our phone records, emails, posts, and/or websites we visit. In other words, if you're not doing anything wrong, NO ONE has any business in your business. The civil and constitutional rights of Americans are continually being stripped away. Do we really want the government to be in every facet of our lives? Doing what they want when they want with no due process?
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    Reform it by eliminate it, it's law enforcement agencies responsibility to monitor activity of suspected criminals. The more power given to the feds the more abuse of power. The DOJ is too big and corrupt . They don't follow the rule of law, they are a political terrorist organization.
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    Blanket and unwarranted surveillance and recording of personal communications is unconstitutional, period.
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    get a warret or stay the hell out. dont tread on our rights, there is a legal way and the government should follow the law. not just bypass it . we have rights and they should be protected to the max! as ben franklin said "those who would surrender freedoms for security will have neither and will in the end lose both"
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    Everyone hides things. Passwords, user names, bank account info. Do you think the NSA is immune from having criminals in it organization?
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    We should never give up our freedoms for a promise of safety. As Ben Franklin said, those who do, deserve neither.
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    Despite being spied on without cause or warrant the people are not being served when the terrorist continue to act with impunity
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    Citizens have a right to privacy. The federal government should have to get a warrant before placing citizens under surveillance.
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    Fear for your freedom, and rights. Safety Is an excuse used to incite the fear
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    The Obama Administration’s data collection program violates the privacy of people in the U.S. While there should be no data mining, but if it happens, there need to be more regulations to keep the NSA accountable for its surveillance.
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    The Constitution doesn't allow wholesale spying.
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    Shut it down on citizens unless they have shown cause. Keep it for those of foreign nations that are hostel to USA.
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    We're not criminals we have a right to privacy
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    Stop spying on us
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    We have no safety or liberty.
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    No warrant in a public court, no data collection!!
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    "Probable cause". Otherwise, keep your nose out of my private life.
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