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Obama Reauthorizes Warrantless Wiretapping Law

President Obama reauthorized a set of surveillance laws on Sunday, in another blow to civil rights that will grant the federal government the authority to spy on Americans’ communications without a warrant for at least another five years.

Congress passed and the President signed a renewal of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which authorizes broad, warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications, checked only by a secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that doesn’t make it’s activities and procedures available to the public.

Instead of let the bill expire and allow constitutional restrictions on searches and seizures return to the US government, the Senate renewed the legislation last week despite notable opposition from Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkely (D-OR), and Mark Udall (D-CO).

Even though the government has acknowledged that the secretive program has exceeded its legal limits, violating Americans’ Fourth Amendment constitutional rights, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed for its full renewal.

In May, Senators Wyden and Udall demanded the National Security Agency provide an estimate of how many Americans have been targeted since the FISA went on the books. In response, Inspector General I. Charles McCullough said that was “beyond the capacity” of the office, and that “dedicating sufficient additional resources would likely impede the NSA’s mission.”

“If no one will even estimate how many Americans have had their communications collected under this law then it is all the more important that Congress act to close the ‘back door searches’ loophole, to keep the government from searching for Americans’ phone calls and emails without a warrant,” Wyden, told Wired’s Danger Room.


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deacon's picture

use their own idiocy

against them,and really give them something to do
over work their databases with their own buzz words
provided by the DHS


we recently had an OUTBREAK of flies,i had to SWAT them
as i was A FIRST RESPONDER and i didn't want any
BACTERIA or worse from FOOD POISONING,we did have a
STANDOFF,as most of them FLU all over,some even went
from HUMAN TO HUMAN,i guess i should have used better

Let it ever not be said,that I never did not do nothing for you.

Maybe he'll just blame all

Maybe he'll just blame all the weed and blow at some point.


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