It's law! The USA Freedom Act, which reauthorizes and privatizes
portions of the Patriot Act, is being called a victory for
privacy... but it's not. In this episode, find out all the details
of the bill that was signed into law just hours after this episode
was recorded, including how it continues bulk data collection and
lets the most powerful men in the United States get away with
breaking the law.
Executive Producer: Brandon K. Lewis
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USA Freedom Act of 2015
Title I: FISA business records reforms
Title II: FISA pen register and trap and trace device
Title III: FISA acquisitions targeting person outside the
United States reforms
Title V: National Security Letter reform
Security Letter (NSL): Letters served by the FBI to telecoms
that allow the FBI to secretly demand data. There is a gag order on
anyone who receives these letters, guaranteeing that the public is
not told and that there is no judicial review.
Title VI: FISA transparency and reporting requirements
Title VII: Enhanced national security provisions
Title VIII: Safety of Maritime Navigation and Nuclear Terrorism
Sound Clip Sources
Hearing: House Judiciary Committee Markup of H.R. 2048 from
April 28, 2015
Senate Floor Proceeding: May 20, 2015
Senate Floor Proceeding: May 31, 2015, Part 1
Senate Floor Proceeding: May 31, 2015, Part 2
- Speech: President
George W. Bush speaks at Kansas State University, January 23,
Appearance: President Barack Obama on The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, August 6, 2013.
- Hearing: Director
of National Intelligence James Clapper lies to Congress, March 12,
- Last Week
Tonight with John Oliver: HBO, October 5, 2014
Information Presented in This Episode
USA Freedom Act
White House backs bill that would end NSA bulk collection of phone
records by Ellen Nakashima and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post,
May 11, 2015.
House Votes to End NSA’s Bulk Phone Data Collection by Jennifer
Steinhauer, New York Times, May 13, 2015.
House reaches deal on bill to end NSA phone collection by
Associated Press, April 30, 2015.
House Says No To NSA Bulk Data Collection As Fight To End Mass
Surveillance Gathers Momentum by Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes,
May 14, 2015.
US Congress to vote on bill banning NSA from bulk-collecting phone
calls by Spencer Ackerman and Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian,
May 13, 2015.
Patriot Act Expiring Provisions
NSA Surveillance System
Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts by James Risen and
Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, December 16, 2005.
- Article: The NSA is
Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
by James Bamford, Wired, March 15, 2012.
- Article: The
NSA's New Spy Facilities are 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon
by Aliya Sternstein, Defense One, July 25, 2013.
In NSA-intercepted Data, Those Not Targeted Far Outnumber The
Foreigners Who Are by Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan
Soltani, Washington Post, July 5, 2014.
Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan Rule That Lets the NSA Spy
on American by John Napier Tye, Washington Post, July 18,
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