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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:06 PM

Senate Rejects FISA Reforms, Delays Vote On Bush-Era Warrantless Wiretapping Program

Source: Huffington Post

The Senate rejected three attempts Thursday to add oversight and privacy safeguards to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments that authorize the warrantless wiretapping program begun under President George W. Bush, but delayed a final vote on the measure until Friday.

The program, which the Bush administration started without congressional authorization shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, collects intelligence on Americans who are communicating abroad with foreign "targets" designated by spy agencies like the CIA and National Security Agency. Critics, including NSA whistle-blowers, have raised fears that law-abiding Americans' communications are getting caught up in a vast, electronic dragnet of phone calls and emails.

The lopsided, bipartisan votes against the amendments dealt a blow to civil liberties advocates, who have argued that Congress should curb the scope of the wiretapping program or at least disclose key information about how it is being used. President Barack Obama has said he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

Before the votes, a handful senators mounted a strenuous effort from the chamber's floor to demand more information about whether the foreign surveillance program is being used to spy on Americans. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, went so far as to compare the NSA to the British officials who used broad royal writs to invade colonists' homes prior to the American Revolution, eventually prompting the passage of the Fourth Amendment with its prohibition on unreasonable government searches.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/fisa-senate-vote_n_2372720.html

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Reply Senate Rejects FISA Reforms, Delays Vote On Bush-Era Warrantless Wiretapping Program (Original post)
Tx4obama Dec 2012 OP
Swede Atlanta Dec 2012 #1
Purveyor Dec 2012 #2
Proletariatprincess Dec 2012 #3
Mojorabbit Dec 2012 #5
SoapBox Dec 2012 #4
think Dec 2012 #6
snot Dec 2012 #7

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:09 PM

1. Fuck them.....

 

We have become a police state. I am all for security but we need to be sure this is not done at the expense of individual liberty and integrity. Of course FISA courts should have Congressional oversight. Else they can run amok and since the judges are lifetime appointments, there is no check on their behavior, absent Congress.

What is Reid thinking?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:48 PM

2. If you are doing nothing wrong...you have no worries. That is what 'they' say...



If you have children, groom them to get the hell out of this country. Seriously, she is finished in 10 years.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:52 PM

3. anticipating more hardships and asterity for the people....

the Corporate State is fearful of civil uprising and is hedging it's position by spying on us and using police state tactics to intimidate and keep us from resisting. The whole system is corrupt. It is time for a new government...a new constitutional convention where the people will have full voice and vote.

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Response to Proletariatprincess (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:17 AM

5. I am starting to think this is the case

If you look at the news re climate change it would make sense that they are preparing to clamp down if needed.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:01 PM

4. Ugh...

what can I say.

I agree with so many others...safety, yes...security, yes...

but it always seems to turn out that it's always aimed and has the biggest impact on us, the little people.

All while Crooks, Creeps and assorted Bankster types rape America.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:25 AM

6. Our congress is full of traitors who need to be voted out of office ASAP!

It doesn't matter which party they claim to be in. If they vote for shit like this they are part of the traitor party and are unfit to represent America.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:03 PM

7. K&R'd!

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