The legislation, H.R. 390, is real. It was introduced by Congressman Alcee Hastings last month.
A national emergency is even larger than an emergency. It’s an emergency that’s taking place all over the country. Can someone tell me what the imminent threat from Iran is, and how it is creating an urgent need across the United States?
An emergency might exist sometime in the future, which is why the Obama Administration is claiming the legal power now to overrule laws as it is only supposed to do whenever an emergency is in progress.
Below is President Obama’s message to the Senate about the national emergency. I’ve taken out the identifying information about this particular supposed national emergency in order to make a challenge for you: Can you, without peeking at the Congressional Record, tell me what this emergency is?
Consider the text of the FISA Amendments Act that the Associated Press article doesn’t actually include. The “emergencies” that the Associated Press refers to are not classic states of emergency. Rather, they are only declarations by the Attorney General of the United States that some unnamed person in some unnamed place might come to some unspecified kind of harm if the spying doesn’t take place.