Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

House Passes NRA-Backed Legislation to Reign in Mass Surveillance

Friday, May 15, 2015

House Passes NRA-Backed Legislation to Reign in Mass Surveillance

On the heels of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit holding that the government had overstepped its bounds with bulk collection of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the House on Wednesday voted to pass the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. This NRA-backed legislation would reauthorize Section 215, which expires on May 22, but with significant curbs to prevent its misuse against Americans who are under no individualized suspicion of wrongdoing.

As we stated last week in reporting on the Second Circuit decision, a fundamental flaw behind most types of gun control is that it claims to go after bad guys by primarily burdening good guys. The same defect applies to collecting telephone metadata concerning ordinary Americans on the off-chance it might later prove useful when targeting a legitimate threat. The USA Freedom Act would reform telephone metadata collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act to ensure it was more narrowly and appropriately focused. Bulk collection of the sort at issue in the Second Circuit litigation would be prohibited.

Under the bill, the government would need a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) to gain access to call records retained by telecommunications companies. Applications for such orders would require use of a “specific selection term,” that contains a specific identifier for the target of the collection and that would be used to “limit, to the greatest extent reasonably practicable, the scope of information sought consistent with the purpose for seeking” the collection authority.

Such identifiers could not, moreover, simply identify a broad geographic region, such as an area code or zip code. The government would additionally have to produce a statement of facts showing that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that the call detail records sought to be produced based on the specific selection term … are relevant to [an authorized] investigation” and that “there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion that such specific selection term is associated with a foreign power [or an agent of a foreign power] engaged in [or preparing for] international terrorism ….” To delve more deeply into gathered records, the government would have to produce further specifying information, including “session- identifying information” or a “telephone calling card number identified by the specific selection term ….”

The government would also have to develop procedures that “require the prompt destruction of all call detail records produced under the order that the Government determines are not foreign intelligence information ….” Oversight of these procedures would be provided by the inspector general. Commercial entities that are required to produce information would have to be compensated for the “reasonable expenses occurred” in doing so.

To be sure, Americans are still learning of the scope and enormity of the Obama Administration’s snooping into their daily lives and activities. The USA FREEDOM Act does not remedy every possible overreach in this regard, but it represents a step in the right direction and a reaffirmation of America’s commitment to individual privacy and to making government accountable to the people … rather than the other way around.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Privacy
TRENDING NOW
“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

News  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

News  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

Early this month, members of the gun-control group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence met at a “Manhattan Summit” and took the time to express their dismay and alarm over federal bills proposing national concealed carry reciprocity. ...

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

For 2017, A Historic NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

For 2017, A Historic NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

For the past decade, NRA-ILA has sponsored leadership forums that have allowed our members to hear directly from national leaders.  Next Friday, that tradition continues and the line up of speakers is top notch.

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Senate Floor

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Senate Floor

Yesterday, on the deadline for policy bills to move out of committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 719 with its -5 amendment.  Because a number of bills were effectively dead for ...

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Heads to the House Floor Next Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Heads to the House Floor Next Week

Today, April 19, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 671 by a 20-5 vote. HB 671 is scheduled to go before the full House for consideration next week.  Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the gun ...

California: One Gun a Month Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

California: One Gun a Month Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

On Tuesday April 18, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 497 by a party-line vote and will be assigned to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration.  On Monday, April 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.