Congress Quietly Passes Bill Allowing Feds Unlimited Access to Your Private Communications

Congress Quietly Passes Bill Allowing Feds Unlimited Access to Your Private Communications

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Last week we watched in the last few weeks as the RCMP and the House passed a bill in Canada for Police to have unlimited access to your cellphones and private communications. This allows the police to take your phone for any contrived charge that you may or may not be guilty of. This unprecedented move was designed to access any device including your home computer if they deem it necessary.

Police can search cellphones without warrant : Canada just made it legal

Now in the United States a bill has been passed undercover to do the exact thing you thought could never pass.

 


“One of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.”

Washington, D.C. – In a sneak attack on the civil liberties of all Americans, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 was rushed to the House floor with a dangerous Senate amendment added to section 309 with virtually no debate.

The legislation was scheduled for only a “voice vote,” which means that it is simply declared “passed” with voice votes and no record.

This is considered the simplest and quickest voting method, not what one would expect from such an important piece of legislation. For most pieces of major legislation, a roll call vote would be the standard operating procedure.

Thankfully, Representative Justin Amash, when catching wind of what was transpiring, went to the House floor to demand a roll call vote so that everyone would have to have their vote recorded.

The fact that this important piece of legislation was handled in this way indicates that this was done intentionally to sneak it past the public eye. It becomes even more suspicious when you realize that it was done concurrently with the CIA torture report being released and the Gruber hearing.

It seems clear there was an effort made to slip the vote by without having to answer to the American people, as Congress is well aware that Americans do not want to be spied upon by their government after the revelations by Edward Snowden.

Congressman Justin Amash stated that when he learned this bill was “being rushed to the floor for a vote… I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language.”

What he says next should raise red flags for every American citizen.

He claims what his staff discovered was:

“One of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.”

The bill in question is H.R. 4681. (Sec. 309)
Read more at FreeThoughtProject


You Have been Stripped: America Naked! Bill HR 4681 Takes 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment Rights

H.R.4681 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015

 

 Congress Quietly Passes Bill Allowing Feds Unlimited Access to Your Private Communications

On Wednesday, December 10, Congress passed a bill called the “Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015.” Not very many people have heard of this bill, much less its passage since the media’s main focus is on the CIA torture report. However, the Act contains language that U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich) calls “the most egregious sections of law” he has encountered during his time in Congress.

“It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American,” Amash explains.

H.R. 4681, the “Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015,” was introduced in May and authorizes appropriations for the government’s intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities for FY 2014-2015. This includes the activities of all federal intelligence, defense, law enforcement, and security agencies and departments. The bill initially passed the House 345-59.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill by voice-vote on the same day the CIA torture report summary from the Senate Intelligence Committee released. A voice-vote essentially means the bill was declared “passed” without the vote being recorded and not very many lawmakers needed to be present for its passage.

However, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) added an amendment to the bill that created a new Section 309, requiring it to go back to the House for approval.

Initially, Section 309 required “the heads of the DNI, CIA, DIA, NSA, NRO, and NGA to ensure that there is a full financial audit of their respective entities each year and that each audit contains an unqualified opinion of the entity’s financial statements.” It required “the chief financial officer of each entity to provide an annual audit report to Congress.”

The new Section 309, according to Amash, “authorizes ‘the acquisition, retention, and dissemination’ of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.”

“To be clear, Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.” – Rep. Justin Amash, letter to fellow members of Congress

On the same day Feinstein decried the actions of the CIA (infringing on the civil liberties of others by using torture) on the Senate floor, she stealthy added an amendment to an appropriations bill that gives the executive branch and law enforcement agencies virtually unlimited access to the private communications of persons (citizens or non-citizens) in the United States without approval from a judge.

The bill was then rushed to the House floor on Wednesday for a voice-vote without much debate. While Amash went before the House to demand a roll call vote, there was not enough time to stop the bill. It passed 325-100, with 9 lawmakers not voting. Forty-five Republicans and 55 Democrats voted “Nay.”

Here is a list of the 100 lawmakers who voted “Nay.” Was yours one of them?

Amash (R-Mich.)
Bass (D-Calif.)
Bentivolio (R-Mich.)
Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Bonamici (D-Ore.)
Brat (R-Va.)
Bridenstine (R-Okla)
Brooks (R-Ala.)
Broun (R-Ga.)
Burgess (R-Texas)
Chu (D-Calif.)
Clark (D-Mass.)
Clarke (D-N.Y.)
Clawson (R-Fla.)
Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Conyers (D-Mich.)
Cummings (D-Md.)
DeFazio (D-Ore.)
DelBene (D-Wash.)
DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)
Doggett (D-Texas)
Doyle (D-Penn.)
Duncan (R-S.C.)
Duncan (R-Tenn.)
Eshoo (D-Calif.)
Farr (D-Calif.)
Garamendi (D-Calif.)
Garcia (D-Fla.)
Garrett (R-N.J.)
Gibson (R-N.Y.)
Gohmert (R-Texas)
Gosar (R-Ariz.)

Gowdy (R-S.C.)
Graves (R-Ga.)
Grayson (D-Fla.)
Griffith (R-Va.)
Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)
Hahn (D-Calif.)
Hanabusa (D-Hawaii)
Hastings (D-Fla)
Heck (D-Wash.)
Holt (D-N.J.)
Honda (D-Calif.)
Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Huffman (D-Calif.)
Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Jones (R-N.C.)
Jordan (R-Ohio)
Kaptur (D-Ohio)
Kildee (D-Mich)
Kingston (R-Ga.)
Labrador (R-Idaho)
Lee (D-Calif.)
Lewis (D-Ga.)
Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Lowenthal (D-Calif.)
Lummis (R-Wyo.)
Massie (R-Ky.)
Matsui (D-Calif.)
McClintock (R-Calif.)
McCollum (D-Minn.)
McDermott (D-Wash.)
McGovern (D-Mass.)
Meadows (R-N.C.)
Mica (R-Fla.)

Moore (D-Wis.)
Mulvaney (R-S.C).
Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Nugent (R-Fla.)
O’Rourke (D-Texas)
Pallone (D-N.J.)
Perry  (R-Penn.)
Pocan (D-Wis.)
Poe (R-Texas)
Polis (D-Colo.)
Posey (R-Fla.)
Rangel (D-N.Y.)
Ribble (R-Wis.)
Roe (R-Tenn.)
Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
Salmon (R-Ariz.)
Sanford (R-S.C.)
Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Scott, Austin (R-Ga.)
Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
Serrano (D-N.Y.)
Speier (D-Calif.)
Stockman (R-Texas)
Swalwell (D-Calif.)
Takano (D-Calif.)
Tierney (D-Mass.)
Tipton (R-Colo.)
Velázquez (D-N.Y.)
Waters (D-Calif.)
Weber (R-Texas)
Welch (D-Vt.)
Woodall (R-Ga.)
Yarmuth (D-Ky.)
Yoho (R-Fla.)

Note: It is not fully clear how many of these lawmakers voted against the bill because of the new Section 309.

Source: http://ivn.us/2014/12/11/congress-quietly-passes-bill-allows-feds-unlimited-access-private-communications/


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Thank you to our viewer Jane Doe for bringing this information forward.

Meanwhile the lies continue to placate the masses into thinking he is on our side. WOW this is rich coming from him…..


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    Jane doe December 22, 2014

    Omg great job on this article… I’m gonna share this on my liveleak account…

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