The FISA Amendments Act was passed last year with the help of then-senator Barack Obama. Obama had pledged he would never vote for a bill to give telecommunications corporations immunity from prosecution for their part in an illegal and unconstitutional scheme to spy on the private electronic communications of millions of Americans. Last summer, however, Obama broke his word, and did just that.
The FISA Amendments Act expanded the Protect America Act’s legalization of massive electronic and physical surveillance programs against Americans, conducted by our own government, without any of the protections required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The FISA Amendments Act also gave retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations that violated their privacy contracts with their customers and gave the Bush Administration huge amounts of data about millions of Americans’ personal communications without a search warrant or other oversight.
Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has received a large number of documents related to the legislative negotiations that led to the creation and passage of the FISA Amendments Act – negotiations in which Barack Obama may have had a part. The ACLU and Wired Magazine are asking for help in looking through the documents, and I’m passing that request for help along to you.
Take a look. See what you can find out about this secret Big Brother spying program to intrude the government’s eyes into your private life.