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posted by martyb on Friday January 12, @01:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-TLA-behind-the-curtain dept.

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would extend a controversial government spying power known as "Section 702" for another six years—without new privacy safeguards that had been sought by civil liberties groups.

Debate over the legislation now shifts over to the Senate, where it faces a filibuster threat from both Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

"If this Section 702 bill comes to the Senate, I will filibuster it," Wyden wrote in a tweet shortly after the House bill passed.

Wyden opposes the legislation because he believes that it offers too few protections for Americans' privacy rights. The powers granted by Section 702 are only supposed to be used against foreigners on foreign soil. But an American's communications can get swept up in the NSA's surveillance dragnet if they communicate with people overseas. Privacy advocates have championed an amendment to impose new privacy safeguards on the use of Section 702. But it was voted down by the House on Thursday.

[...] There isn't much time for the Senate to act. Section 702 expires on January 19, a little more than a week away.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/as-house-passes-surveillance-bill-wyden-and-paul-vow-filibuster/


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Reply to: Re:Rand for president!

    (Score: 2, Informative) by Sulla on Friday January 12, @08:19PM

    by Sulla (5173) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 12, @08:19PM (#621535)

    I see you have been modded disagree, so I will provide some sources.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster_in_the_United_States_Senate [wikipedia.org]
    In the past decade both the democrats and republicans have tried their hardest to end the practice of filibusters. Reps tried to do it under Bush and after Rand tanked a provision of the 2012 NDAA the Dems did it under Obama. Both parties want to limit the ability of the people to elect on man who can hold up their goal of supreme power.

    Regardless of his faults, Rand has stood up on multiple occasions and filibustered bills that shat all over our rights and freedoms. Wyden has joined in every time, but did not start them himself.

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