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senate Bill S. 1686

Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts Act of 2009

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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedSeptember 17th, 2009

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Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts Act of 2009

Official Title

A bill to place reasonable safeguards on the use of surveillance and other authorities under the USA PATRIOT Act, and for other purposes.


Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts Act of 2009 or the JUSTICE Act - Revises requirements for the issuance of and public reporting on national security letters and for judicial review of requirements for nondisclosure of the receipt of a national security letter. Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to revise requirements for obtaining orders for business records in counterterrorism investigations. Amends the federal criminal code to reduce from 30 to 7 days the period for notifying the target of a criminal investigation of the issuance of a search warrant. Prohibits the use of evidence in judicial and administrative proceedings if notice of a search warrant is delayed. Amends FISA to: (1) impose limits on roving electronic surveillance and the use of pen registers and trap and trace devices (devices for recording incoming and outgoing telephone numbers); (2) repeal provisions granting retroactive immunity to telecommunication providers for illegal disclosure of subscriber records; (3) prohibit the warrantless collection of certain communications of U.S. citizens known to reside in the United States; and (5) revise certain reporting and evidentiary requirements. Permits the recipient of a subpoena, order, or warrant issued under FISA to bring a challenge in either the district in which the subpoena, order, or warrant was issued or the district in which it was served. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) redefine "domestic terrorism" as involving acts dangerous to human life that constitute a federal crime of terrorism; and (2) revise the crime of providing material support or resources to foreign terrorism organizations to require knowledge or intent that such support or resources will be used to carry out terrorist activity.
    Read the constitution seems you don't read the bills. I think that the patriot act is very unconstitutional and yet your saying you don't have enough tools to spy on the American people. How about some tools for the American people to be freed from government tyranny and prosecute those in government who break the laws! Time after time the American Constitution is torn apart by the very people that are elected and sworn to protect it. This is a perfect example of citizens losing their freedoms by a government that's not Constitutional!