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On FISA Corporate Coverup, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are No Moderates

Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine like to be referred to as moderates. But this morning, they voted to keep language in H.R. 6304 that kills citizens’ ability to bring corporations to court when corporations break the law. A number of such cases were pending in court and were set to blow the lid on the extent of corporate lawbreaking in America — corporate lawbreaking so wide in extent that only one corporation in an entire field of telecommunications corporations did not break the law by giving or selling away millions of Americans’ cherished secrets to agents of the U.S. government.

Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe just engaged in a broad daylight coverup of criminality on a huge scale.

That’s not moderate.

4 comments to On FISA Corporate Coverup, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are No Moderates

  • And Tom Allen is challenging Susan Collins for Senate this year in Maine. Support Tom Allen for Senate, if you give a damn about freedom in America.

    Tom Allen did the decent thing, and voted AGAINST the FISA Amendments Act.

  • Ross Wolf

    Today The FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 May be Passed by the U.S. Senate.

    Compare provisions in “Hitler’s Laws” with U.S. FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008:

    Note similar manner the Act, HR 6304 suspends the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment Protections and Telecommunication Privacy for American Citizens.

    THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008, H.R. 6304 EH may be found at:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/

    Below: Are Hitler’s signed Discriminatory Laws of February 28, 1933.

    Section 1
    Sections 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. Thus, restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press, on the right of assembly and the right of association, and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic, and telephonic communications, and warrants for house-searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

    Section 2
    If in a state the measures necessary for the restoration of public security and order are not taken, the Reich Government may temporarily take over the powers of the highest state authority.

    Section 4
    Whoever provokes, or appeals for or incites to the disobedience of the orders given out by the supreme state authorities or the authorities subject to then for the execution of this decree, or the orders given by the Reich Government according to Section 2, is punishable—insofar as the deed, is not covered by the decree with more severe punishment and with imprisonment of not less that one month, or with a fine from 150 up to 15,000 Reichsmarks.

    Who ever endangers human life by violating Section 1, is to be punished by sentence to a penitentiary, under mitigating circumstances with imprisonment of not less than six months and, when violation causes the death of a person, with death, under mitigating circumstances with a penitentiary sentence of not less that two years. In addition the sentence my include confiscation of property.
    Whoever provokes an inciter to or act contrary to public welfare is to be punished with a penitentiary sentence, under mitigating circumstances, with imprisonment of not less than three months.

    Section 5
    The crimes which under the Criminal Code are punishable with penitentiary for life are to be punished with death: i.e., in Sections 81 (high treason), 229 (poisoning), 306 (arson), 311 (explosion), 312 (floods), 315, paragraph 2 (damage to railroad properties, 324 (general poisoning).

    Insofar as a more severe punishment has not been previously provided for, the following are punishable with death or with life imprisonment or with imprisonment not to exceed 15 years:

    1. Anyone who undertakes to kill the Reich President or a member or a commissioner of the Reich Government or of a state government, or provokes to such a killing, or agrees to commit it, or accepts such an offer, or conspires with another for such a murder;

    2. Anyone who under Section 115 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious rioting) or of Section 125 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious disturbance of the peace) commits the act with arms or cooperates consciously and intentionally with an armed person;

    3. Anyone who commits a kidnapping under Section 239 of the Criminal with the intention of making use of the kidnapped person as a hostage in the political struggle.

    Section 6
    This decree enters in force on the day of its promulgation.
    Reich President
    Reich Chancellor
    Reich Minister of the Interior
    Reich Minister of Justice

    End

    Following see HR 6304 “(2) Probable Cause” section under (C)(Order):

    It is necessary to read entire FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to ascertain its low standards of “Probable Cause” to wiretap and spy on persons in the U.S.

    Example: Following is HR 6304 “(2) Probable Cause” section under (C)(Order):

    Note how the weak word “May” in this “Probable Cause” paragraph of HR 6304 misleads readers to believe this provision shall protect U.S. Citizens and other persons in the U.S. from Government agents violating their Constitutional rights. That HR 6304 paragraph is shown below: see how the Act’s Probable Cause wording “may” undermines protection for persons in the U.S. exercising 1st Amendment rights.

    This is from HR 6304 “(2) Probable Cause” section under (C)(Order):
    “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.”

    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 U.S. Government wiretap evidence.

    This vague language of THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 should concern U.S. Activists that network with other activists, especially with groups overseas. For example, the Stop the War Campaign and labor groups’ transcend countries. Some of those country’s governments strongly oppose U.S. policies.

    After the Senate passes HR 6304, U.S. Activists who network, especially with international activists, run the risk they “MAY BE CONSIDERED” by U.S. Government, agents of a foreign power if they support causes opposed by the Government. Historically it has not been beyond this U.S. Government to make such charges.

    The FISA AMENDMENTS ACTS OF 2008 will permit massive U.S. Government surveillance of electronic communications going out of and coming into the United States, with minimum court oversight. U.S. Government may also use several broad provisions of the Patriot Act to further its domestic surveillance.

  • paul

    Which was the one telecom company that did not break the law?

  • Qwest was – and the one phone company that promised to NOT cooperate was Working Assets – but under the Protect America Act, Working Assets lost the right to refuse to cooperate.

    http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2006/05/15/working-assets-nsa-free/

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