USA FREEDOM Act Becomes Law, Enhances Privacy for Law-Abiding Americans

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NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -( On Tuesday, the NRA-backed USA FREEDOM Act was signed into law.

As we reported when the bill passed the House in May, this important legislation will bring to an end NSA's mass, undifferentiated collection of telephone metadata under the USA PATRIOT Act. The NRA has opposed this broad surveillance program because of its potential to chill our members' communication, particularly given the Obama Administration's well-publicized antagonism against Second Amendment freedoms.

We also noted that the availability of sophisticated means of analyzing the metadata to create detailed profiles of individuals could effectively create an end-run around federal prohibitions on firearm registries.

The PATRIOT Act provisions underlying the telephone metadata program had expired late on May 31. This gave impetus to passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, which reauthorized the intelligence community's access to information, but with a variety of mechanisms to ensure collection of telephone metadata is more narrowly focused on legitimate national security concerns. Privacy advocates from across the political spectrum are hailing the Act's passage as a historic, if measured, step toward ensuring the federal government is not given free rein to delve into the private lives of ordinary Americans.

The NRA is pleased that Americans' concerns regarding overly-intrusive government surveillance have produced meaningful reforms. As ever, we will remain alert to any threats to Second Amendment rights, however they may appear.

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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.

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  • 4 thoughts on “USA FREEDOM Act Becomes Law, Enhances Privacy for Law-Abiding Americans

    1. You are wrong!
      First, “given that the NSA is a super secret organization with ZERO oversight and a history of repeatedly lying about what it’s really doing, how on Earth are we supposed to believe the NSA when it says it suddenly stopped spying on Americans’ phone calls because it “lost the authority” it never recognized in the first place? The NSA was spying on us all long before it ever had any legal authority to do so, and when the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked under oath, at a United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, about whether the NSA was spying on Americans, he outright lied over and over again, claiming no such spying was taking place.”

      According to one writer, ” It’s a symbolic step in the right direction, but it is not meaningful in a practical sense at all. The vast majority of NSA programs were not even under discussion in the debate over the Freedom Act. There are programs, like MYSTIC, that actually record and store the voice recording of your phone calls for at least five years. There is another program called GUMFISH, in which the NSA can turn on people’s laptop and other computer cameras and spy on them. There are even reports that they take photographs of people having sex and store them and pass them around as Edward Snowden told us. Those programs continue unaffected, and even when it comes down to the telephone metadata program, which is the only thing that the Freedom Act affects it’s really just symbolic. What’s happening is that the data is going to stay with the phone companies instead of going to the NSA servers. But the NSA will be able to get it just as easily as before, and the reason that is, is that the NSA will be able to ask the FISA Court for approval.”

    2. Is there anything,anything at all the NRA doesn’t take credit for ? What really pissed me off was when they took credit for open carry/campus carry in Texas ! They had about as much to do with that as the obama regime did !

    3. I am hoping that they will not “modify” the legislation to make it easier for them to eavesdrop and (or) press charges against law-abiding Americans. I might add that the Patriot Act did not catch Tsnarev or his brother, thus making it
      a piece-of-useless legislation! Kind of like having unplugged RADAR stations at Pearl Harbor!

    4. patriot act or freedom act. the only differance is in name only minus one little change! so in stead they ok ! a general warrent to search and keep all of our internet data !!! and e-mail,s!……….. you can dress up a pig with a wig, dress, and lip stick!……… but it,s still a PIG!!!!!!

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