Media Silent As Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches

Authored by Rachel Blevins via The Free Thought Project,

It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law.

The USA Liberty Act has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8, and as Congressman Justin Amash noted, all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

“The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant - in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter.


“It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”

As Amash implied, the USA Liberty Act provides the opposite of “Liberty” for Americans. Instead, the purpose of the bill is to reauthorize and create additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Amash also noted that the USA Liberty Act is yet another piece of legislation that “furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.” He compared it to the USA Freedom Act, which was passed under similar circumstances in June 2015.

The House Judiciary has also tried to use the USA Freedom Act as a reference to its success, claiming that the bill “ended the bulk collection of data, protected civil liberties and national security, and provided robust oversight and transparency of our vital national security tools.”

However, as The Free Thought Project reported in May 2015, the USA Freedom Act “doesn’t actually end or suspend the phone records program, but simply requires phone companies to hold onto these records rather than the NSA.” It also authorized, for the first time, “the NSA, FBI, and other government agencies to unconstitutionally collect data in bulk on potentially millions of law-abiding Americans,” and it let the NSA collect “cell phone records in addition to the landline call records.”

Now, as Congress prepares to pass the USA Liberty Act, it claims the bill will “better protect Americans’ privacy” by requiring the government to have “a legitimate national security purpose” before searching an individual’s database. But what the bill does not advertise is the fact that it does not actually address the legitimate problems that exist with Section 702. The FBI’s “legitimate national security purpose” could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give, and agents will only need supervisory authority in order to search Americans’ metadata.

Weeks before the latest vote, more than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, joined together in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, condemning the USA Liberty Act.

The coalition noted that the bill fails to address concerns with the “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to “conduct warrantless searches for the information of individuals who are not targets of Section 702, including U.S. citizens and residents.”

The USA Liberty Act departs from the recommendation made by the President’s Review Group on Surveillance, appropriations amendments that have previously passed the House, and urgings of civil society organizations, which would have required a probable cause warrant prior to searching the Section 702 database for information about a U.S. citizen or resident absent narrow exceptions. As written, it raises several concerns. First, the bill’s most glaring deficiency is that it does not require a warrant to access content in cases where the primary purpose is to return foreign intelligence. This is an exception that threatens to swallow the rule.

A legislative analysis from the Electronic Freedom Foundation noted that the USA Liberty Act does not “institute adequate transparency and oversight measures,” it does not “deal with misuse of the state secrets privilege, which has been invoked to stave off lawsuits against mass surveillance,” and most importantly, it will not “curtail the NSA’s practices of collecting data on innocent people.”

The science surrounding the USA Liberty Act is nothing new - from the time the USA Patriot Act was passed on fear-based propaganda in 2001, the United States government has used trendy names such as “Freedom” and “Liberty” as an appeal, while working with the mainstream media to politicize any and every tragic attack, in order to convince the American public that they must give up their liberties, in order to ensure temporary security.


hedgeless_horseman Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:57 Permalink

 Please, everyone, watch the Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour.  Please, Mr. President, pardon Edward Snowden.Please, fellow Americans working at the NSA, think about what you are doing, and for whom you are doing it.

Sudden Debt BlackChicken Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:20 Permalink

The only once who should be hanged is the American people.Nobody protests about it.Every single American is taking it up the ass and only dreams of black friday. There's not a single American who deserves freedom or any civil rights if there are no protests by this friday.Guess what... I'm 100% sure that not a single American will protest. Should this happen in Europe, half of Brussels would be put on fire and civilians would retake their rights in a single day.I think the comments are so funny here. Nobody is really disgusted enough to call for riots. Somebody else should do it... The next law that the government should pass is that every cop should have "the lords right" what means they can fuck every young girl that isn't married. And for married woman they should have the right to have their dicks sucked.Guess what, I'm pretty sure not a single American would riot either. that's how cowardly Americans have become.Americans aren't what Americans used to be. Patriotic in a real way, fighting for their rights and all... that's all the past.All they do is talk about how brave their forefathers where... guess what... being brave is not a genetic thing.If you don't do shit because you're to coward, you're still a coward whatever the excuse may be. 

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besnook Sudden Debt Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:22 Permalink

The next law that the government should pass is that every cop should have "the lords right" what means they can fuck every young girl that isn't married. And for married woman they should have the right to have their dicks sucked.-----------------------it's closer than you think. here is a summary of extraordinary police powers, qualified immunity and all that. you have no rights. as long as you have no rights(the real reason the usa used to be exceptional) anywhere else in the world is as good or better.

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Vilfredo Pareto Sudden Debt Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:16 Permalink

You are right, my Belgium waffle monster.  No one will protest.  98 percent of the population neither know nor care about these issues. And I don't really care enough any more lol.  Someday I will go to the new lavabit, set up end to end encryption, use duck duck go, always clear cookies, use a VPN, and always reset phone to defaults after rooting it and getting rid of spyware, use cash debit credit cards for transactions, and etc, but that is a lot of effort right now lol. Still it is all you can do.  It would be kewl to have an internet fingerprint and profile that suddenly ends.  Where did he go? Lol.

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redmudhooch BlackChicken Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:33 Permalink

This is what happens when psychopatic Zionists take over. Ban AIPAC. Ban dual citizens.We should be given the ability to spy on the government since they're the only ones killing people and breaking laws.We should also seize the governments weapons too, its clear they can't be trusted to follow the law. Declare anyone who votes for this as terrorists and traitors.Why hasn't our hero Trump said something about all this bullshit? I feel I'm being ignored, again....Cosponsor Date CosponsoredRep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. R-WIRep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9]Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4]Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]Rep. Johnson, Mike [R-LA-4]Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair Took Red Pill Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:27 Permalink

Consider putting a thread on that on /pol/ later today, broseph.

I'm so angered by that I need to hit the range.

and the heavy bag.

and maybe a bar.

god damn the fucker is profiting off the deaths of Americans he and the (((neocons))) arranged.

May I be allowed to be an instrument of Justice soon. Please.

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verumcuibono secretargentman Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:20 Permalink

EXACTLY.BLACKMAIL is the grease that makes things work in this modern age.As I postulated under another article - there is some faction coordinating these disclosures on the the disgusting behaviors of powerful voices. Some of it, with enough momentum (multiple claims, history of similar behavior, living a "blackmailable" lifestyle, pissing off the wrong faction...) just needs the door opened by one victim and others are sure to follow.But we can be guaranteed a connection between some of these current events and stuff like the Net Neutrality rollbacks and Liberty Act and coup in Saudi Arabia...that we're not supposed to know about. No different than the "child porn" found on 5000+ Pentagon and NASA computers - that maybe 7 Americans heard about at the time...So, fellow ZHers - in addition to yammering here, preaching to the choir - how many people have you reached out to - not to commiserate but to enlighten? How many new people have you brought into the light lately? If you're not working on at least one person every week if not every day, YOU'RE PART OF OUR PROBLEM.

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair BlackChicken Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:22 Permalink

or this:

This Jewish lobby/Regressive Leftist combo assault on free speech both as a legal matter and a philosophical principle simply isnt cute anymore.

When the guns come out, they will stay out, and the 'elite' are batshit if they think military and leos will mostly stay on their side.

Now as to 'private security' tasked with enforcing Vichy Washington's will in some near distant Gray State scenario?

I will shoot you fucks so you die in slow terrified agony.

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Bigly Snípéir_Ag_Obair Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:05 Permalink

So far, I have not seen LEOs side with the citizens in any city. They just obey orders (commie mayors, commie chiefs) like mindless morons. There are some exceptions like that cop who told people to buy guns. But, by and large, I see no evidence for your statement. Are you sure it's not wishful thinking?

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