It’s official. Barack Obama has voted for the FISA Amendments Act. It’s Senate roll call vote 168, registered by the Library of Congress.
Don’t know what the FISA Amendments Act is? Think Big Brother. Think Total Information Awareness. Think about the Soviet Union, with its network of government spies keeping people never sure whether they were being watched.
The FISA Amendments Act gives the President, through the Attorney General, the ability to establish programs to spy on the American people that are not approved by any court, even the FISA court. There’s no search warrant, and no evidence of any suspicion of criminal wrongdoing required. The Attorney General just gets to send out his spies, and the only person who can declare the Attorney General’s spy programs to be illegal is the Attorney General himself.
What kind of spying does this enable? You name it. Eavesdropping on your telephone calls. Scanning your emails. Recording your text messages. Searching your house while you’re away and planting bugs in every room. Because the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the power to unilaterally declare whether a spy operation is legal, the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the power to break any law that restricts government spying, and declare the spying to be legal anyway. No judge, not even a FISA judge, can stop it from taking place.
Kids: Maybe you’re not aware of the dark history of what the “Justice” Department can do when it’s given the power to abuse the law. Go look up one name: Google “J. Edgar Hoover”. Have fun. Explore the world of unrestrained government power – only now with the latest computer technology to ramp it up!
Barack Obama voted for the kind of government spying that was used to persecute Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
Obama lied. The government spied.
Here’s the kicker: You John McCain, Barack Obama’s Republican presidential rival?
John McCain did not vote for the FISA Amendments Act. John McCain decided to abstain. John McCain has a better record on the FISA Amendments Act than Barack Obama.
Change? Oh, this is change, all right.