Ralph Nader does not have the backing of a vast party machine. He does not have the rousing oratorical skill of a Bible-quoting preacher. But he does answer questions. I posed this question to him during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio shortly after 1:00 pm today:
Jim Cook: If you were elected president, what would do about the FISA Amendments Act?
Ralph Nader: Well, repeal it! Then, restore the FISA law with improved safeguards so no government agency can snoop on the American people without first receiving a judicial warrant.
The FISA Amendments Act, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a new law passed this year that legalizes a massive electronic operation to spy on the personal communications of millions of Americans within the United States and allows physical searches of Americans’ homes and places of work, all without a search warrant or evidence. That’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
John McCain speaks in favor of the FISA Amendments Act. Barack Obama voted for the FISA Amendments Act. Only Ralph Nader has had the courage to unequivocally oppose the FISA Amendments Act.
I believe in supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America. Why again shouldn’t I vote for Ralph Nader this November?