The letter to Congress from the Obama Administration states, “there is no objection, from the standpoint of the Administration’s program…”
They’re calling the legislation The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Extension Act of 2012. President Barack Obama supports it, without equivocation.
The legislation, if passed, will extend the FISA Amendments Act, without any reform, until June 1, 2017. That’s five months after President Obama’s second term in office will end, if Barack Obama gains a second term at all.
The FISA Amendments Act is one of the worst laws passed at the urging of George W. Bush. The FISA Amendments Act sets up a gigantic electronic surveillance dragnet that allows the government to grab, store and search Americans’ personal telephone calls, emails, Internet activities, and other private communications, without a search warrant, and without proof that the information was gathered because of suspicion of any particular crime or conspiracy. It’s a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment, which states that the private information of American citizens cannot be seized without a search warrant specifically noting the person and place that is to be searched, backed with proof of probable cause to believe that a particular crime has been committed.
When Barack Obama campaigned to become President of the United States in 2008, he voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, even though he had earlier made a promise never to vote for such a law. It was just the first of his broken promises.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised that, although he had voted for the FISA Amendments Act, as President he would be sure to work with Congress to reform the laws, to end its violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. In spite of this promise, President Obama has never supported any law that would reform the FISA Amendments Act.
Now, Barack Obama is supporting The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Extension Act of 2012, legislation that will keep the FISA Amendments Act in place, without any reform, until after he leaves the White House. In effect, President Obama is now saying that he has no intention to reform the FISA Amendments Act, ever. Obama is saying that, if he is given a second term in office, he will keep George W. Bush’s attack on the Constitution in place, and that he’s happy to do so.
Barack Obama has made his position very clear. There are no clever hints that reform might take place, if only he is given a second term. Obama is saying that if we vote for him, we’re voting for a person who wants to keep a government surveillance program, more powerful than anything that George Orwell could imagine, that targets law abiding Americans, the limits of which even Congress does not know.
So, now the time has come to make your position on this issue very clear. Will you, like Barack Obama, support the extension of Big Brother electronic surveillance powers used against the American people?
If you stand with Barack Obama on this issue, you may call yourself a Democrat, but you can never again call yourself a liberal, or a progressive. You can never describe yourself as a lover of freedom, or of constitutional rights, without being a liar.
You have an alternative: You can do your duty as a citizen of the United States of America, and speak out loudly against The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Extension Act of 2012.
Which choice do you make?