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[–] marvinrabbit 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

In our largely two party system, one side wants to have big spending on big government and big programs, wants to have government involved in every aspect of our lives, wants to pass gun control laws that take lawful firearms away from law abiding Americans.

The other side is the Democrats.

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[–] 12270441? 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Actually, the other side is the American citizen. The Demo-cans or Republi-crats are logically viewed as a singular entity based on their recent policy positions. They quibble over minutiae but they are closer to 2 wings of 1 party than they are to being 2 opposing parties.

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[–] marvinrabbit 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thank you for expanding on my point in a far less humorous way.

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[–] Jimmycog 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Who's payroll is congress on?

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[–] dontforgetaboutevil 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The highest bidders.

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[–] superkuh 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The EFF quick summary of this sounds pretty bad. It's pretty much legalizing what Five Eyes/Echelon has been doing since the 90s and then expands on it,

Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people's communications from U.S. companies, without obtaining a U.S. warrant.

Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.

Allow the U.S. president to enter "executive agreements" that empower police in foreign nations that have weaker privacy laws than the United States to seize data in the United States while ignoring U.S. privacy laws.

Allow foreign police to collect someone's data without notifying them about it.

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[–] dontforgetaboutevil 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

These miserable fucking bribed swine.

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[–] CitizenEarned 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Could this have happened without the various patriot acts we've had since 9/11?

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[–] derram 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

https://archive.fo/uj0Po :

US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill • The Register

"For months now, US Congress has mulled new laws to strengthen Feds' powers to access American citizens' private messages and files stored on computers overseas."

'The CLOUD Act, whether passed as is or as part of the spending bill, seeks to avoid that nightmare in future. '

'It is legislative malpractice that Congress, without a minute of Senate debate, is rushing through the CLOUD Act on this must-pass spending bill."', "Buried on page 2,201 of the bill is the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act), which was introduced to the Senate in February and hasn't really gone anywhere."

'All eyes are now on the Senate to see if the bill, and with it the CLOUD Act, will pass. '


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