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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:44 PM

 

Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years

Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years, Rejects All Privacy Amendments

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/congress-disgracefully-approves-fisa-warrantless-eavesdropping-bill-five-more

Today, after just one day of rushed debate, the Senate shamefully voted on a five-year extension to the FISA Amendments Act, an unconsitutional law that openly allows for warrantless surveillance of Americans' overseas communications.

Incredibly, the Senate rejected all the proposed amendments that would have brought a modicum of transparency and oversight to the government's activities, despite previous refusals by the Executive branch to even estimate how many Americans are surveilled by this program or reveal critical secret court rulings interpreting it.

The common-sense amendments the Senate hastily rejected were modest and written with the utmost deference for national security concerns. The Senate had months to consider them, but waited until four days before the law was to expire to bring them to the floor, and then used the contrived time crunch to stifle any chances of them passing.

(More at the link. Via @Thomas_Drake1 and @_cypherpunks_ )

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Reply Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years (Original post)
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 OP
msongs Dec 2012 #1
woo me with science Dec 2012 #2
kenny blankenship Dec 2012 #5
woo me with science Dec 2012 #9
woo me with science Dec 2012 #3
snot Dec 2012 #4
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #6
cui bono Dec 2012 #7
Lionessa Dec 2012 #10
Lionessa Dec 2012 #8
woo me with science Dec 2012 #12
NeoConsSuck Dec 2012 #14
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #11
DirkGently Dec 2012 #13
bullwinkle428 Dec 2012 #15
indepat Dec 2012 #16
woo me with science Dec 2012 #17

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:47 PM

1. don't worry, the POTUS will veto this....right? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:49 PM

2. Gee, ya think?



Obama, Democrats Push to Make Bush Spying Laws Permanent
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022084702

The Enemy Expatriation Act - another attack on legitimate protest and dissent like NDAA
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022072450

FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Domestic Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022061578

NDAA 2013 - Indefinite detention without trial is back
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014342985

Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014348022

Democratic-controlled US Senate approves...new $633 billion war bill
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022060449

Purposely aiming bombs at children: "It kind of opens our aperture."
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021931748

Obama Administration To Offer More Than 20 Million Acres in Western Gulf of Mexico for Oil/Drilling
http://upload.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1896005

Obama's (Corporate) Education Reform Push is Bad Education Policy
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433x221922

Trans Pacific Partnership is NAFTA On Steroids
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1914478

NYT slams the government for choosing not to prosecute HSBC top-bankers
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021965407

Why is Social Security Under Attack from Obama, when it ADDS NOTHING to the deficit???
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022065493

Obama: "Too many of us have been interested in defending programs as written in 1938."
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2069607

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:58 PM

5. Don't Worry So Much! When we elect a Democratic President

all this Fascist police state crap will be undone!

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:10 PM

9. The dog is really CUTE!



Nothing bad could happen when the dog is SO CUTE!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:52 PM

3. K&R Every single day, another betrayal.

Have we had enough yet, America?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:54 PM

4. K&R'd!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:00 PM

6. K&R

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:03 PM

7. Remind me...

why are we voting again?

No one is representing us.

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Response to cui bono (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:10 PM

10. +1

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:10 PM

8. What choice do they have anymore, really?

 

Their wealthy overlords are beginning to be afraid of us 98% lowlifes and they want the full force of military and police and judicial systems to be prepared to squelch any populace uprising, even peaceful ones.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:20 PM

12. You put that so simply,

but what a chilling comment it is.

Thank you.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:01 PM

14. Why do you think Walker in Wisconsin

didn't impose his anti-union measures on the police unions?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:11 PM

11. One bright side to this

 

It isn't permanent,...yet.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:29 PM

13. Too many Dems opposed transparency measures.

The entire domestic spying industry is an evil, money-sucking, destructive mess. To hear that Dems suggested that any measures to reel it in would be inviting "another 9/11" is sickening.

Inexcusable.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:04 PM

15. Bipartisanship we can all believe in!!

Kumbaya, my lord, kumbaya!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:48 PM

16. Much of the Bill of Rights is being trampled when, at the same time, outrageously

broad interpretations of the sacrosanct Second Amendment proliferate. Maybe Congress is taking junior's pronouncement that the Constitution is just a piece of paper to heart. What remnants of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness the Congress may leave intact, a crazed gunman with a weapon of mass carnage on the hip can take away in an instant. Oh, the joys of living in a land where a far right-wing worldview is king.

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