Remember Indefinite Detention? Now There’s Indefinite Surveillance in the NDAA: 2014
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which includes a provision to indefinitely detain United States citizens without charge or a fair trial.When the House voted on 2012’s NDAA in December of 2011, it unanimously passed and President Obama signed the bill into law on the second of January.
As if the looming possibility of being indefinitely detained without charge or trial isn’t enough of a violation of civil liberties, now the 2014 NDAA is looking like it’ll focus much on surveillance gathering thanks to the Patriot Act and FISA.
Last month, the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities gathered to examine the fiscal year 2014 NDAA. Section 1061, which is known as the Enhancement of Capacity of the United States Government to Analyze Captured Records, was one of the focused topics during the meeting. It would act as a provision to the NDAA to develop a brand-new intelligence body, which would be able to scrutinize data collected through the Patriot Act, FISA, and other spying programs like the infamous PRISM, which was involved in a scandal that many now believe was a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment.
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