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stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension .
« on: November 25, 2019, 05:44:11 PM »
19 November 2019 .

I cannot in good conscience vote in favor of a CR that reauthorizes unconstitutional mass surveillance authorities, especially under a President who has retweeted images of his opponents jailed and suggests anyone who disagrees with him is a criminal," Tlaib said in a statement to The Hill .

The last-minute addition to the CR would give Congress 90 more days to debate whether it wants to reauthorize several government surveillance provisions first enacted under the controversial Patriot Act. One of those provisions, known as Section 215, enables the government to access phone records on millions of Americans every year during terrorism investigations .

The National Security Agency (NSA) revealed earlier this year that it shuttered the phone records program amid enormous technical difficulties . 

"It has been 17 months since the public learned the Call Detail Records program was fundamentally broken and being used to unlawfully spy on innocent people, and a year since it was shut down by the NSA," Sean Vitka, counsel for civil liberties group Demand Progress, said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is a massive dereliction of duty to reauthorize these authorities for any period of time without fundamental fixes .

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/471161-progressives-oppose-stopgap-funding-measure-over-surveillance-authority .


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