House Passes Re-Authorization of Warrantless NSA Surveillance

The House of Representatives today reauthorized the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which allows the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and emails. The Supreme Court will hear the ACLU's challenge to the 2008 law in October.

The ACLU says:

“Yet again, the House has rubberstamped a law so broad and vague that, despite its passage four years ago, we still have little idea how the government is using it,” said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel. “It is at the very heart of the Fourth Amendment that Americans and their communications are fiercely protected from government intrusion. This law should be amended to include much stronger privacy protections when the Senate takes it up later this year.”

Sen. Ron Wyden has put a hold on the Senate's consideration of the bill until later this year. Voice your opposition now.

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    I will definitely be contacting (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:20:05 PM EST
    my senators. Maria Cantwell, in particular, has flip and flopped on privacy violations when it was politically expedient to do so.

    Helpful Hint, shoephone... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:58:27 AM EST
    ... She's not your senator.

    Huh? (none / 0) (#4)
    by shoephone on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 10:31:05 PM EST
    I haven't liked a lot of what she has done, and haven't voted for her since 2000, but she very well IS one of the two U.S. senators from Washington State, which means she is my senator.

    Forward - and double-down on the Hopium! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:57:15 AM EST