House Votes to Kill Fourth AmendmentSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:50
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to extend amendments added in 2008 to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Amendments Act (FAA) in essence reduces the Fourth Amendment to a nullity.
The unconstitutional extension passed by a vote of 301 to 118. 111 Democrats and seven Republicans voted no.
The amendments allow the government to electronically intercept domestic phone calls, emails and other communications without going to a court and obtaining a search warrant.
The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
The government exploited fear over cyber attacks to reauthorize the amendments. “Foreign nations continue to spy on America to plot cyber-attacks and attempt to steal sensitive information from our military and private sector industries,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas who sponsored this bill and an earlier one, the internet censorship bill SOPA.