A BILL TO ADD PROVISIONS TO THE USA FREEDOM ACT OF 2015, AN EXTENSION OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT OF 2001, AND RESTORE GLOBAL TRUST IN UNITED STATES HEGEMONY
Senator Vivek Gopalan of Interlake High School
Representative Siddharth Kulkarni of Interlake High School
The 2001 USA PATRIOT Act was first signed to take care of national security concerns in the light of the twin towers attacks. This act was re-signed by president Obama in 2015 as the USA Freedom Act and was incomplete in its protection of American citizens from unwarranted surveillance practices. This act, even though it was an improvement on the former due to Snowden’s NSA leaks, completely ignores backdoors vulnerabilities. In addition, it does not protect American citizens enough from international terror threats. In this aspect, more must be done in international surveillance and certain programs must be restored to those of the Bush Administration.
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that:
SECTION 1: TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Closure of Surveillance Backdoors Act of 2016”.
SECTION 2: PURPOSE
(1) To restore trust in US companies and practices through removing the stigma of government spying;
(2) To remove unknown zero-day vulnerabilities and reduce IP theft by other countries;
(3) To reduce unwarranted surveillance of American citizens by increasing the 51% provisions in NSA Prism and FISA surveillance to 75%;
(4) To reinstate US corporations as hegemons in the world view and increase tech competitiveness and to protect against foreign terror threats through international surveillance;
(5) To remove threats to the power grid and cybersecurity based in government installed software vulnerabilities, loopholes, and backdoors;
SECTION 3: PROVISIONS:
(1) The government can no longer, under FISA section 702, collect domestic metadata;
(2) NSA PRISM surveillance should only be...