Handful of Congress Members Move to Rein In Surveillance State
June 23, 2013
It’s no mistake the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act) received zero coverage by the establishment media. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, will be allowed to die a quiet and unobtrusive death.
The bill strikes at the heart of the PATRIOT Act, the unconstitutional monstrosity passed by Congress and signed into law by George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. LIBERT-E Act would also restrict the government’s ability to conduct surveillance not connected to an ongoing investigation. It calls for the illegal and unconstitutional FISA Court to make its secret opinions available to Congress and the American people.
The LIBERT-E Act, however, falls far short of correcting the problem. The PATRIOT Act should be repealed immediately and the FISA Court dismantled. Unfortunately, neither of these things will happen due to more than a decade of propaganda to brainwash the American people into falsely believing they face a terrorist threat and therefore must surrender their birthright enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
LIBERT-E is a noble if half-hearted effort sponsored by 32 members of Congress. They released the following statement on the legislation:
“The recent NSA leaks indicate that the federal government collects phone records and intercepts electronic communications on a scale previously unknown to most Americans.