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Barack Obama Votes For Government Spying Against You

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.

3 comments to Barack Obama Votes For Government Spying Against You

  • In my belly

    I cannot believe that anyone would vote for Obama, I seriously cannot believe it. I’m sorry that this is a lame comment, but people need to get a clue.

  • Dan Scott

    It is now Free Speech in America only “if you—Dare!”

    Today U.S. Senate Passed THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008,HR 6304.

    Today the Senate also voted to Bury the 1st and 4th Amendments.

    H.R. 6304 EH may be found at:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/

    Telecoms got off the hook for helping U.S. Spy Agencies—illegally wiretap millions of U.S. private phone calls, faxes and emails. The U.S. Senate gave immunity to any Telecom that assisted government illegal-wiretap spying from lawsuits and other liabilities that might result.

    The Bush Government does not have to reveal the extent of the Government’s past Wiretap spying program.

    The Congress before passing HR6304 never disclosed to America what will happen to the Government’s millions of illegally seized Electronic Communications that belong to U.S. Citizens.

    Congress never disclosed whether the Bush Administration’s years of illegal wiretaps are admissible into U.S. criminal and civil courts.

    It is problematic now that HR 6304 passed, police agencies and private government contractors will want to use illegally collected NSA/FBI and other illegal government wiretap surveillance to go back years to arrest Americans and or civilly forfeit their homes, businesses and inheritances using only a “preponderance of civil evidence” under Title 18 of the United States Code; or under the Patriot Act.

    There are over 200 U.S. criminal laws, violations and U.S. Government cooperating agreements with other countries that can make property subject to civil asset forfeiture. No one need be charged with a crime for government to civilly forfeit an owner’s home or business.

    Not mentioned by Senators during the Act’s debate was THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 low level of probable cause that will permit Government to wiretap U.S. phone calls, faxes and emails.

    For example see: HR 6304 (2) Probable Cause section under (C)(Order) undermines protections for persons in the U.S. exercising 1st Amendment rights. The Act’s use of the word “May” in “May Be Considered” a foreign power, agent of a foreign power…”appears legally to protect no one from government wiretapping and spying.
    This is from the Probable Cause section in HR 6304: “No United States person may be considered a foreign power, agent of a foreign power, or officer or employee of a foreign power solely upon the basis of activities protected by the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

    Unbelievably The House inserted the weak word “may” and failed to insert, e.g., “SHALL NOT” which legally would have been more binding on Government and police not to violate the 1st and 4th Amendments rights of U.S. Citizens. Consequently it will be harder for persons in the U.S. to defend against government wiretap evidence.

    Because HR 6304 passed: among other nightmares, any person in the U.S. who exercises his or her 1st Amendment Rights under the vague provisions of HR 6304, “MAY BE CONSIDERED” by U.S. Government an agent of a foreign power. This is the result of The House of Representatives leaving out protective words, like “Shall Not Be Considered” an agent of a foreign power.

  • DFLA

    Wow, and we are supposed to be afraid of Osama??

    I fear the cowardice and stupidity of politicians much more than terrorism. After this, I am done with the Democrats. If they cannot show an ounce of principle, integrity and courage while under with what passes as a “president” with the lowest ratings in history, they are simply not worth CRAP. Though I am thankful to Russ Feingold (sadly not my senator), and fear for the future of the supreme court, my soul demands that I vote Nader.

    Republicans can laugh – the Dems are not cut-and-running in Iraq – no, they’ll do it here so we don’t have to do it over there.

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