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PostSubject: McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020   Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:04 am

http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/mcconnell-introduces-bill-to-reauthorize-patriot-act-until-2020-20150421

Unfettered spying on American citizens is a cancer on our freedoms.  I don't have a problem with courts authorizing surveillance on a case-by-case basis, but massive billion-dollar server farms storing every citizen's electronic communication is Orwellian.

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April 21, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize a controversial surveillance authority of the Patriot Act until 2020, a push that comes just as a group of bipartisan lawmakers is preparing a last-minute push to rein in the government's mass-spying powers.

A McConnell aide said the majority leader is beginning a process to put the bill on the Senate calendar but said that the chamber will not take the measure up this week. That process, known as Rule 14, would bypass the traditional committee process. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr is a cosponsor.

Under the bill, Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act would be extended until December 31, 2020. The core provision, which the National Security Agency uses to justify its bulk collection of U.S. phone records, is currently due to expire on June 1.

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PostSubject: Re: McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020   Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:36 am

Unbelievable... there is next to no popular support for the patriot act or the ndaa... but they continue. I sincerely hope we wake up before it's too late... which is likely past.
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PostSubject: Re: McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020   Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:37 am

And if an American tries to record something the other way around, he is harassed, arrested, property seized...

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Anthony Graber is an American who was in 2010 charged with felony violation of Maryland wiretapping law for undisclosed recording of his roadside receipt of a speeding ticket from a plain-clothes police officer. If convicted, he would have faced up to 16 years imprisonment, after having his home searched and property seized. Graber (born c. 1985) is a staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard, with two young children.[1][2][3][4]

In March, 2010, Graber was speeding on his motorcycle, swerving across traffic lanes, and did at least one wheelie on Interstate 95 while recording with a video camera on his helmet. He was cut off by an unmarked gray sedan. A man in jeans and a sweatshirt exited the vehicle and with gun drawn commanded Graber to get off his motorcycle. The man, Maryland State Trooper Joseph D. Uhler dressed in plainclothes, then identified himself as "state police", and cited Graber with a moving violation for 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. Uhler's badge, which was located on his belt, was not visible in the video.[1][2]

On March 10, Graber posted the video of the encounter on YouTube. Prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment charging Graber with violation of Maryland wiretap laws for audio recording of the officer without his consent.[1][2][3]

On April 8, police searched Graber's residence and seized the camera, thumb drives, external hard drives, and four computers. Graber was not arrested at that time because he had just had gall bladder surgery. When he turned himself in a week later he was arrested and spent 26 hours in jail.[1][2][3]

On June 1, he was arraigned in Harford County Circuit Court in Bel Air. He was charged with four felonies and faced a maximum of 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges.[1][2][3]

Outcome

On July 7, 2010, the Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler released an opinion advising a state legislator that, contrary to the claims of Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly, a traffic stop is not an instance where a police officer can claim a reasonable expectation of privacy.[5]

On September 27, 2010, criminal charges against Graber were dropped.[6] The court threw out the charge of "recording illegal activity" on the grounds that the law was unconstitutional, noting that "the video taping of public events is protected under the First Amendment."[6] The judge ruled that Maryland's wire tap law does not prohibit recording of voice or sound in areas where privacy cannot be expected and that a police officer on a traffic stop has no legal expectation of privacy.[6] Overall, Harford County Circuit Court Judge Emory A Plitt Jr. dismissed four of the seven charges filed against Anthony Graber, leaving only traffic code violations.

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PostSubject: Re: McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020   Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:26 pm

And there are two bills being considered to further erode our privacy. LINK

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First, as Politico’s Josh Gerstein reported on Monday, the bills “could create the first brand-new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act in nearly half a century.” The bills aim to allow private companies to share large swaths of private information with the government with no legal process whatsoever, essentially carving a giant hole in the country’s myriad privacy laws. But worse, the proposed FOIA exemption would prevent the public from ever being able to find out what type or amount of information these companies handed over.

Letters opposing the bills (with reasons) HERE and HERE.

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