Summary

7/24/2013--Introduced.Surveillance State Repeal Act - Repeals the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (thereby restoring or reviving provisions amended or repealed by such Acts... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jul 24, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Surveillance State Repeal Act''.

SEC. 2. REPEAL OF USA PATRIOT ACT.

The USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

SEC. 3. REPEAL OF THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008.

(a) Repeal.--The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-261; 122 Stat. 2477) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted. (b) Exception.--Subsection (a) of this Act shall not apply to sections 103 and 110 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-261; 122 Stat. 2477).

SEC. 4. TERMS OF JUDGES ON FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT; REAPPOINTMENT; SPECIAL MASTERS.

(a) Terms; Reappointment.--Section 103(d) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803(d)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``maximum of seven'' and inserting ``maximum of ten''; and (2) by striking ``and shall not be eligible for redesignation''. (b) Special Masters.--Section 103(f) of such Act, as amended by section 3 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(4) Special Masters.-- ``(A) The courts established...

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2332 Supporting
57 Opposing
98% 2%

State: CA

196 Supporting
4 Opposing
98% 2%

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The Surveillance State Repeal Act, introduced in the House by former House intelligence Chairman (and Princeton physics professor) Rush Holt (D-NJ), would come the closest, by repealing the PATRIOT act and the FISA amendments act of 2008 entirely. Among the reform proposals that have been introduced, it may be the only one that reaches the sphere of what former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld described as the “unknown unknowns” that continue to impede efforts to restore the rule of law, transparency, and accountability to the national security state.

By repealing the PATRIOT and FISA Amendments Act, the bill strips the NSA of unconstitutional *and* unnecessary authorities that have led to the countless abuses exposed by Edward Snowden. The bill also bars requiring software or hardware companies from intentionally weakening encryption methods. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has called this "easily the most aggressive and visionary proposal" before Congress.

By repealing the PATRIOT and FISA Amendments Act, the bill strips the NSA of unconstitutional *and* unnecessary authorities that have led to the countless abuses exposed by Edward Snowden. The bill also bars requiring software or hardware companies from intentionally weakening encryption methods.

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Users Supporting

I support The Surveillance State Repeal Act because..HR 2818."Secret interpretations" of the so-called "Patriot Act" and FISA Amendments Act allowed the NSA to spy on anyone without a warrant. Meanwhile... Congressional "leaders" do the NSA's bidding. They're even sabotaging the USA Freedom Act, a bill with modest reforms that had broad bipartisan support. I want my property rights restored! I want my privacy back! In other words… I want the Fourth Amendment restored! The root cause of the trouble is... Congress permits the President's men to "secretly interpret" the laws. The solution? REPEAL those laws. Wonderfully… The Surveillance State Repeal Act accomplishes this. It... * Repeals the Patriot Act * Repeals most of the FISA Amendments Act. It also... * Requires a valid warrant based on probable cause before an American is targeted for surveillance. * Prohibits the feds from requiring that surveillance "backdoors" be built into my electronic devices and software. Remember... You work for ME, NOT the NSA! Therefore… Co-sponsor and PASS HR 2818!

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KY
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KyVette
KY-1
8 months ago

I support The Surveillance State Repeal Act because This bill... Prohibits the government from requiring that surveillance "back-doors" be built into your electronic devices and software Mandates that the FISA courts utilize technologically competent "Special Masters" -- experts who can challenge the veracity of government claims about the need for surveillance Repeals the PATRIOT Act Repeals much of the FISA Amendments Act These repeals don’t gut intelligence gathering. They just make it look more Constitutional. The bill still… Ensures that any FISA surveillance of a US Person can only happen with a valid warrant based on probable cause. This was the original FISA standard from 1978 to 2001 Retains the ability to surveil a specific natural person, based on a warrant, regardless of the type of communications being used Retains provisions dealing with the acquisition of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction from entities not composed primarily of U.S. Persons

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FL
15
artsage
FL-15
8 months ago

I support The Surveillance State Repeal Act because the laws it repeals are a gruesome violation of the rights of American citizens. The argument that it is for "safety and security" is a joke on a good day, and insulting every other day. A vote against this bill is complete fascism.

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FL
18
nviper
FL-18
9 months ago

I support The Surveillance State Repeal Act because...we the people have lost the trust of our government!

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NV
3
Anonymous159216
NV-3
1 year ago

I support The Surveillance State Repeal Act because we need to take back our country. This business with 1984-style constant surveillance does not represent who we are as a people. Vote for this bill and repeal the surveillance state!

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NM
3
MorganSantiago
NM-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 2818: Surveillance State Repeal Act because...About time.

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GA
1
lrrp25
GA-1
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because...The law as originally written is needed, the current administration corrupted and abused this law, the law as originally written should be upheld.

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NV
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JohnHD
NV-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because...I think this is a difficult choice. I believe the threat of terrorism is as great or greater than it was previously. I think we have an administration who has misused this bill to pursue a personal and hidden agenda. Remember the "change". Well, as I said at the time, he is not telling us what kind of change. Hope you all can see now, this is not an honorable group of people. I think making changes to the bill that curtail these kinds of misuse would be more prudent than repealing it. More importantly should be the enforcement of laws. In particular, the IRS and all administration officials who are in or out of office and were involved in any way need to be held accountable. We don't do that anymore and we are creating chaos because of it. Anyone can get away with anything so why would they not do what they want. Think about people. Think about Benghazi. They seem to be getting away with murder. And they want to run for political office as president. Do what is needed to stop terrorists and terrorism even if it extends to prosecuting high ranking government officials.

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Italiangreyhound
AZ-8
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because... we are still at war with mohammedans, and one of the legitimate functions of government is to protect the natural rights of citizens from both internal and external threats.

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NV
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happily
NV-1
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because... After reading the text of this bill it appears to dismantle the Patriot act, legislation which has served the public safety well in preventing further attacks like the one on the world trade center on 9/11/2001. FISA is an extension of the patriot act and should also be preserved. However, Section 10 of this bill regarding whistle blowers has merit. It would have prevented Mr. Snowden from having to flee his country which a patriot like him should not have had to resort to to stop the misuse of these laws by the present administration. With a law that results in the possibility of abuse by unscrupulous persons strong safeguards are required and must be put in place. Please write a bill that will prevent use of the Patriot Act and FISA for Political gain or to facilitate a coupe. Until such time as Islam is no longer engaged in holy war upon all countries who do not accept Muslim rule and religion I strongly believe that with proper safeguards in place the Patriot act and FISA are the lesser threat to our freedom.

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MN
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Dave63US
MN-7
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because.I do not like "and for other purposes." We do need some safeguards to prevent terrorism. I am not ready to repeal without safeguards in place. Vote "No" on H.R. 2818...

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CO
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Ruth
CO-7
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2818 ("To repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and for") because..."and for other purposes."

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VA
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TimothyL.O'Neil
VA-4
1 year ago

Bill Summary

7/24/2013--Introduced.Surveillance State Repeal Act - Repeals the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (thereby restoring or reviving provisions amended or repealed by such Acts as if such Acts had not been enacted), except with respect to reports to Congress regarding court orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) and the acquisition of intelligence information concerning an entity not substantially composed of U.S. persons that is engaged in the international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Extends from 7 to 10 years the maximum term of FISA judges. Makes such judges eligible for redesignation. Permits FISA courts to appoint special masters to advise on technical issues raised during proceedings. Requires orders approving certain electronic surveillance to direct that, upon request of the applicant, any person or entity must furnish all information, facilities, or technical assistance necessary to accomplish such surveillance in a manner to protect its secrecy and produce a minimum of interference with the services that such carrier, landlord, custodian, or other person is providing the target of such surveillance (thereby retaining the ability to conduct surveillance on such targets regardless of the type of communications methods or devices being used by the subject of the surveillance). Prohibits information relating to a U.S. person from being acquired pursuant to FISA without a valid warrant based on probable cause. Prohibits the federal government from requiring manufacturers of electronic devices and related software to build in mechanisms allowing the federal government to bypass encryption or privacy technology. Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to report annually on the federal government's compliance with FISA. Permits an employee of or contractor to an element of the intelligence community with knowledge of FISA-authorized programs and activities to submit a covered complaint to the Comptroller General, to the House or Senate intelligence committees, or in accordance with a process under the National Security Act of 1947 with respect to reports made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Defines a "covered complaint" as a complaint or information concerning FISA-authorized programs and activities that an employee or contractor reasonably believes is evidence of: (1) a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or (2) gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. Subjects an officer or employee of an element of the intelligence community to administrative sanctions, including termination, for taking retaliatory action against an employee or contractor who seeks to disclose, or who discloses, such information.

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