#1 By: Xeni Jardin, July 24th, 2013 21:08
#2 By: Mindy Clegg, July 24th, 2013 21:21
I wish I could say I was surprised... it was pretty close though. If only we had just a few less authoritarians in congress.
#3 By: Robert Baruch, July 24th, 2013 21:21
Can anyone explain the Alabama - Arkansas split in votes? The 6 Republicans in Alabama all voted against the measure, while the 4 Republicans in Arkansas all voted for it.
#4 By: Indubitably, July 24th, 2013 21:39
I seek vengeance.
P.S. Back off.
#5 By: Jhen, July 24th, 2013 21:59
What I find strange is that there is a similar push to maintain big data pools on consumers by a variety of corporations - a data pool that, in turn will be tapped by the Government.
This issue warrants greater concern from the public, IMHO.
#6 By: Cowicide, July 24th, 2013 22:02
I think some representatives shouldn't really be called representatives if they don't bother to represent their constituency. Or, at the very least they should put the logos of Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, etc. on their foreheads to make it clearer whose side they're really on.
#7 By: Tim Quinn, July 24th, 2013 22:04
The idea that spies would not use data mining seems beyond the beyond.
I can't see this stopping.
I guess what we really need to do is take back the government from big business.
Eh, I'm done. I'm going back to admire the melting North Pole some more.
#8 By: Mindy Clegg, July 24th, 2013 22:30
Tea Party skewing the usually "strong on defense" republican party line? That would be my guess... but I don't know if the Arkansas republicans are tea partiers.
#9 By: bradgall, July 24th, 2013 22:35
It is this provision that I personally find more important that the data mining. I find the fact that there is a secret court, whose workings are secret even from most members of congress, to be the biggest issue in this whole situation.
It also would have required that secret opinions from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court be made available to lawmakers and that the court publish summaries of each opinion for public review.
#10 By: Wallaby, July 24th, 2013 22:35
I live in Texas but I am not shocked to see Lamar Smith jump at anything that puts a paw in a citizen's computer.
#11 By: Cory Trevor, July 24th, 2013 23:42
I'd write a letter to my congressman, but he's Dutch Ruppersberger. Ranking member of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, federal Cyber Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay are in his district : (
#12 By: lasermike026, July 24th, 2013 23:56
We have a list. Those that voted Aye have a friends. Those that voted No are going to get the political days lights beaten out of them. When tomorrow comes make the calls and let them know they are on the black list.
And by the way, where is the SSL. You know Tor doesn't mean a damn without end to end encryption.
#13 By: jake0748, July 25th, 2013 01:16
#14 By: jake0748, July 25th, 2013 01:18
What surprises me in this case is that the (lame-ass), House even took this up as an issue. The result is not to my liking, but wow, who knew they were even aware of what the public is thinking about. Go figure.
#15 By: Phasma Felis, July 25th, 2013 01:30
Someone on HackerNews pointed out that this is actually better than it looks. The folks who voted against include a good-sized group who isn't willing to block all mass domestic surveillance just yet, but would happily vote for a less broad bill; the folks who voted for are 100% percent opposed to mass domestic surveillance. What this means is that whatever slightly-less-broad bill comes along next is very likely to pass.
#16 By: Paul Hoerner, July 25th, 2013 05:35
I'm not surprised that this failed, but I'm amazed, and hopeful, over how close it actually came.
#17 By: Lion, July 25th, 2013 08:06
Arkansas, I grew up there, is all about 'Murica. Anything that 'Murica does isn't wrong. Even if it is wrong.
#18 By: Lion, July 25th, 2013 08:08
Those that voted no are in politically safe states/conditions. You think the 4 repubs in Arkansas or the dems in CA are afraid of losing their seats? To whom?
#19 By: Lion, July 25th, 2013 08:08
Me too. I'm really shocked at how close it was.
#20 By: lasermike026, July 25th, 2013 10:15
OK, I hope everyone called their rep. We have to start working to change votes. Bills come, go, and come again. This was an important litmus test. We need to exploit what we learned to it's fullest extent.
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