Under the authority of the FISA Amendments Act, the New York Times reveals, the National Security Agency of the Obama administration has been spying on Americans’ communications by phone and e-mail, doing it within the United States, and doing it without the warrants specifically required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The extent of domestic spying on Americans right, here inside the United States of America, has ballooned beyond the scale of the program during the Bush administration, according to the Times report, in “significant and systemic” fashion.
When Barack Obama voted for the FISA Amendments Act in 2008, Democratic partisans like Keith Olbermann spun incredible tales about how, by voting to gut Americans’ protections against unchecked government search and surveillance of them, Barack Obama was actually acting to preserve Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted government snooping, because, you see, he had a secret plan to use the presidency to overturn the whole warrantless spying system he’d voted for! The claim didn’t make logical sense then and it is contradicted by the facts now. Under Barack Obama, the government is expanding warrantless spying, not reducing or ending it.
Here’s the kicker: you know what the United States Government did in the wake of the passage of the FISA Amendments Act, thanks to YES votes from the likes of Senator Barack Obama? It drew up plans to spy on a member of the United States Congress. Without a warrant. Oh yes, it did.
So what does this mean? Will there be impeachment proceedings against Director of National Intelligence Blair, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Agency Director Keith B. Alexander and NSA Deputy Director John C. Inglis? These are, after all, the officials named as responsible for drafting warrantless surveillance programs. Will there be criminal charges?
Of course not, silly goose. Barack Obama, along with nearly every member of the Republican Party and a significant minority of Democrats, made the whole operation legal when they passed the FISA Amendments Act. Read the text of the FISA Amendments Act (or, if you’re lazy, watch a video summary). Is such behavior unconstitutional? Yes. Certainly. But until the FISA Amendments Act is ruled unconstitutional in federal court, there’s nothing that you or I can do about it.
Barack Obama: Spy on you without a warrant? Yes He Can.