H.R.4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act

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H.R.4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act

Postby Glacial Expanse » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:51 pm

The internet seems to be at a stir again. H.R. 4681 is a bill that has passed allowing government agencies unrestricted access to personal files and communications of American citizens under Section 309. The second set of code has the whole section in it, but I will also post an image of the section as well. I'll keep you posted.

BILL STATUS: RESOLVING DIFFERENCES

Operation HR4681
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Welcome to Operation HR4681 aka #STOP1984 #STOP309
Congress  has quietly passed an Intelligence Authorization Bill that grants the  executive branch virtually unlimited warrentless access to the  communications of every American and gives this information to not just  federal agencies but to local law enforcement as well. While similar  powers have been asserted by executive order before nothing on this  level has ever been passed by congress and for it to pass without so  much as a debate is completely unjustifiable.
At  the last moment representative Justin Amash found the true intent of  the bill and was able to make a motion to reconsider. The bill has  passed but has not yet been sent to the president to sign, we still  barely have the ability to change the original vote but you need to  contact your representative immediately and let them know that the bill  in it's current form is completely unacceptable. Failure to act now will  lead to the bill being sent to the president.
 
MAKE SURE TO TWEET #STOP1984 #STOP309!
EMAIL YOUR CONGRESSMAN:
STEP 1:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
STEP 2:
ENTER ZIP
STEP 3:
CLICK EMAIL BUTTON
STEP 4:
???????
STEP 5:
PROFIT!!!!
 
Media Ready Pastebin:
http://pastebin.com/LptLHsTU
 
Posters and Stickers:
http://imgur.com/xhAhLvh
 
INCRIMINATNG PART OF THE BILL: AKA SECTION 309!
http://i.imgur.com/h47E4Bj.png
 
General Info and Links:
Full text of the bill can be found here.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681
White House petition:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/protect-our-privacy-and-please-veto-hr-4681-aka-intelligence-authorization-act-fiscal-year-2015/lln5hN5c
Justin Amash's Facebook Post:
https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/812569822115759
Locate your reps:
http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
This is especially important. Find your congressman and let him know you hate this
How your reps voted:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll271.xml
 
NEWS REPORTS:
RT:
http://rt.com/usa/213735-congress-nsa-expanded-powers/
InfoWars:
http://www.infowars.com/congress-passes-bill-which-grants-unlimited-access-to-communications-of-every-american/
FreeThought:
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/breaking-congress-secretly-okd-nsa-spying-domestic-criminal-cases-focused-torture/
National Journal:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/congress-quietly-bolsters-nsa-spying-in-intelligence-bill-20141211
The Hill:
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/226752-gop-rep-attempted-late-bid-to-kill-spy-bill
US News:
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/12/11/congress-endorses-warrantless-collection-storage-of-us-communications

Section 309
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Congress is trying to pass H.R. 4681, a bill that will allow government agencies unrestricted, completely legal access to the personal files and communications of American citizens. Most of it is a funding bill, but at the last minute, amendments were made to make it legal to spy on citizens.
 
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681/text
 
The dangerous part of the bill, Sec. 309, is pasted below.
 
  SEC. 309. PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED
      COMMUNICATIONS.
    (a) Definitions.--In this section:
        (1) Covered communication.--The term ``covered communication''
    means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired
    without the consent of a person who is a party to the
    communication, including communications in electronic storage.
        (2) Head of an element of the intelligence community.--The term
    ``head of an element of the intelligence community'' means, as
    appropriate--
            (A) the head of an element of the intelligence community;
        or
            (B) the head of the department or agency containing such
        element.
        (3) United states person.--The term ``United States person''
    has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Foreign
    Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801).
    (b) Procedures for Covered Communications.--
        (1) Requirement to adopt.--Not later than 2 years after the
    date of the enactment of this Act each head of an element of the
    intelligence community shall adopt procedures approved by the
    Attorney General for such element that ensure compliance with the
    requirements of paragraph (3).
        (2) Coordination and approval.--The procedures required by
    paragraph (1) shall be--
            (A) prepared in coordination with the Director of National
        Intelligence; and
            (B) approved by the Attorney General prior to issuance.
        (3) Procedures.--
            (A) Application.--The procedures required by paragraph (1)
        shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not
        otherwise authorized by court order (including an order or
        certification issued by a court established under subsection
        (a) or (b) of section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence
        Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), subpoena, or
        similar legal process that is reasonably anticipated to result
        in the acquisition of a covered communication to or from a
        United States person and shall permit the acquisition,
        retention, and dissemination of covered communications subject
        to the limitation in subparagraph (B).
            (B) Limitation on retention.--A covered communication shall
        not be retained in excess of 5 years, unless--
                (i) the communication has been affirmatively
            determined, in whole or in part, to constitute foreign
            intelligence or counterintelligence or is necessary to
            understand or assess foreign intelligence or
            counterintelligence;
                (ii) the communication is reasonably believed to
            constitute evidence of a crime and is retained by a law
            enforcement agency;
                (iii) the communication is enciphered or reasonably
            believed to have a secret meaning;
                (iv) all parties to the communication are reasonably
            believed to be non-United States persons;
                (v) retention is necessary to protect against an
            imminent threat to human life, in which case both the
            nature of the threat and the information to be retained
            shall be reported to the congressional intelligence
            committees not later than 30 days after the date such
            retention is extended under this clause;
                (vi) retention is necessary for technical assurance or
            compliance purposes, including a court order or discovery
            obligation, in which case access to information retained
            for technical assurance or compliance purposes shall be
            reported to the congressional intelligence committees on an
            annual basis; or
                (vii) retention for a period in excess of 5 years is
            approved by the head of the element of the intelligence
            community responsible for such retention, based on a
            determination that retention is necessary to protect the
            national security of the United States, in which case the
            head of such element shall provide to the congressional
            intelligence committees a written certification
            describing--
 
                    (I) the reasons extended retention is necessary to
                protect the national security of the United States;
                    (II) the duration for which the head of the element
                is authorizing retention;
                    (III) the particular information to be retained;
                and
                    (IV) the measures the element of the intelligence
                community is taking to protect the privacy interests of
                United States persons or persons located inside the
                United States.
 
The only representative to read the bill and find this part was Rep. Justin Amash of MI. Here are his comments.
 
https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/812569822115759
 
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/226752-gop-rep-attempted-late-bid-to-kill-spy-bill
 
I must reiterate that Sec 309 of the bill was added immediately before voting, and was hidden from the people voting on it, so very few actually know what they truly voted on. Most of congress has been duped.
 
Please report on this. The American people must be aware of what is trying to be made legal.

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Re: H.R. 4681

Postby Q.U. » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:59 pm

Personally I'm more interested in sections 313, 314 and 329.

This info was being spread around for a few days already, by the way.

Also, don't sweat it, it's just congress putting into law what your intelligence agencies have been doing for years already.
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Re: H.R.4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act

Postby SantaUltraDJClaus » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:22 pm

Considering what's been going on at Congress lately, I'm not surprised their next step is to try to control what we do and see online.
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Re: H.R. 4681

Postby Rival » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:31 am

Q.U. wrote:it's just congress putting into law what your intelligence agencies have been doing for years already.

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That sums it up pretty well.
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Re: H.R.4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act

Postby Icha » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:27 pm

NSA already bragged that warrentless searches stopped plots, and no one did anything. Those plots that were stopped and revealed to the public did not need a warrentless search, though. This is just making it official, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.
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