USA Freedom Act – Behold! The “Emergency Production of Tangible Things” Section

American Everyman

by Scott Creighton

Much has been said about the provision in the Patriot Act, section 215, that deals with the collection of our “tangible things” and rightly so.

Prior to the revelations, several senators warned that the DOJ was using Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act to support what government attorneys called a “sensitive collection program,” targeting large numbers of Americans. The language of Section 215 allows for secret court orders to collect “tangible things” that could be relevant to a government investigation – a far lower threshold and more expansive reach than a warrant based on probable cause.  The list of possible “tangible things” the government can obtain is seemingly limitless, and could include everything from driver’s license records to Internet browsing patterns. EFF

An argument for the “Freedom” Act is that it abolishes this language in the Patriot Act and stops Big Brother from collecting your “tangible things”…

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