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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:23 PM

 

Will Obama do the right thing and veto this travesty of a bill? [View all]

Or will he continue to implement Bush era violations of our basic rights, encoding them into law like he did with the NDAA?

"The US Senate on Friday voted to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a spying bill that critics say violates the Fourth Amendment and gives vast, unchecked surveillance authority to the government.

The move extends powers of the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance of Americans’ international emails and phone calls.

The FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5949), passed on a 73-23 vote.

“It’s a tragic irony that FISA, once passed to protect Americans from warrantless government surveillance, has mutated into its polar opposite due to the FISA Amendments Act,” said Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel at the ACLU. “The Bush administration’s program of warrantless wiretapping, once considered a radical threat to the Fourth Amendment, has become institutionalized for another five years.”
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/28

First of all, shame on the Democrats who voted for this bill, and there were plenty of them who did, including Missouri's own Claire McCaskill, along with Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, and others.

But the real question is whether Obama will sign this bill into law, or do the right thing and veto it. Yes, yes, I know, as the Senate vote stands, it won't matter if he vetoes the bill, since it passed the Senate with supermajority numbers. But it does matter, in two very important ways. First, if he vetoes it, sends a strong message that he disagrees with it, then it could very well swing many of those Democrats who did vote for it towards upholding the veto.

Second, and most importantly, a presidential veto would show the country that he disapproves of these unconstitutional measures that are stripping we the people of our basic rights. Such a message would resonate in his upcoming second term, as more and more of these Bush era policies are codified into law.

Sadly, judging by Obama's past record, he isn't going to send such a message. Rather, he will, much as he did with his support of the NDAA, send a message loud and clear that he doesn't give a rat's ass about our Constitutional rights, and that he completely willing to trample all over them.

A sad day, truly. Watching our Constitution shredded bit by bit in a bipartisan frenzy.

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