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House Passes Warrantless Wiretap 5 year ext

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9/19/2012 12:40:58 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
http://www.wired.com...

The House on Wednesday reauthorized for five years broad electronic eavesdropping powers that legalized and expanded the George W. Bush administration"s warrantless wiretapping program.

The FISA Amendments Act, (.pdf) which is expiring at year"s end, allows the government to electronically eavesdrop on Americans" phone calls and e-mails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is believed outside the United States. The communications may be intercepted "to acquire foreign intelligence information."

The government has also interpreted the law to mean that as long as the real target is al-Qaida, the government can wiretap purely domestic e-mails and phone calls without getting a warrant from a judge. That"s according to David Kris, a former top anti-terrorism attorney at the Justice Department.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and the Obama administration has called its passage a top intelligence priority. (.pdf) The bill generally requires the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to rubber-stamp terror-related electronic surveillance requests that ensnare Americans" communications.
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9/19/2012 12:48:24 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
1. Any communication you have over seas can listened to without warrant.
2. If law enforcement deems you part of AQ it can extend the above to in country without warrant.

3. The Supreme Court has hearing in few months on whether ACLU can challenge warrantless wiretaping on behalf of plantiffs. Lower court ruled that since plantiffs could not prove were monitored without warrant they could not continue to challenge constitutionality of it.

Just remember, we all gave it away. You have a lot of faith in future leaders that this will not be abused. America works because of checks and balances. Balance has been long gone with the evil FISA law.

Go back to your house and assure yourself that you are a good person and FISA law does not pertain to you because you are not a terrorist. I maintain, all it takes is one radical leader to put you on a watch list for one of your beliefs, and you surely can be labeled a terrorist.

You see, once the one person who has the power to put you on that list, puts you on the list, there is nothing you can do to stop it because there is no longer an other authority checking the power of that one person.