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  •  Because that Amendment does (5+ / 0-)

    effectively nothing.  In particular it refers to Section 702 of FISA and Section 501. The NSA isn't acquiring or collecting under either of those sections.

    The NSA collections that have been shown in the released documents by The Guardian, et al. concern Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.  

    Two different things. One addresses the Section of the law the NSA is using to justify the collections while the other doesn't address it at all.

    •  This is exactly what I got out of it too (4+ / 0-)
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      when I looked things over. Nugent's amendment pretty much redundantly emphasizes the limitations already in place re: section 702, while completely avoiding placing any new limits on section 215.

      Which, as you point out, is what the total collection of all Verizon/US telecom data is enabled by, and the whole point of this vote today.

      It's just barely scratching the surface of what needs to be addressed, but it's a start...

      If you see a sacred cow, milk it for all it's worth. -Swami Beyondananda

      by The Free Agent on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 01:02:43 PM PDT

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