Wired – House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers

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

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Where are the Republicans on this one? This re-authorization of a law that should never have been passed in the first place (thanks, George, for that) passed the House by 301 to 118. Most of those voting against it were – ready? – Democrats!  Only seven Republicans mustered enough courage to say no to warrantless wire-tapping!

This is from the article in Wired.com:

The government does not have to identify the target or facility to be monitored. It can begin surveillance a week before making the request, and the surveillance can continue during the appeals process if, in a rare case, the secret FISA court rejects the surveillance application. The court’s rulings are not public.

So the whole fishing expedition is wrapped in secrecy.

Rep. Lamar Smith, a from Texas, sponsored the bill, saying that it “is one of the most important votes we cast in this Congress” because “terrorists are committed to the destruction of our country.”

Question: what about the terrorists in Congress who are determined to shred what remains of the Constitution and the and turn the country into a dictatorship? As Pastor just wrote in his weekly newsletter:

Think of it: in the name of the 9-11 attacks, the United States is being transformed into the kind of despotic countries that we are told we are being protected from!

There was at least one small voice for common sense, expressed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren – a from California! – who said: “I think the government needs to comply with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution all the time [what a concept!]. We can be safe while still complying with the Constitution of the United States.”

Accurate and persuasive. But not enough to persuade the Tea Partiers to vote against it.

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