Friday, December 28, 2012

Oversight Amendments to FISA Crumble in US Senate: Obama, Democrats Push to Make Bush Spying Laws Permanent

 "Four separate amendments designed to install oversight mechanisms into the National Intelligence Agency's vast spying capabilities enshrined in the 2008 FISA Amendments Act all failed Thursday with the majority of US Senators insisting that secrecy continues to trump civil liberties in the post 9/11 era.

With a final vote for full passage of the bill expected Friday, the defeat of the amendments spells near complete legalization of domestic spying practices which would have previously been found criminal. First uncovered during the Bush years and slammed by Democrats, the FISA law passed in 2008 gave retroactive immunity to the Bush era abuse and strove to codify the program going forward.

Though he ran against such measures during his first run for president, the secret spying laws have now been embraced fully and championed by President Obama.

Rights groups and advocates of the amendments voiced outrage with the votes..."  More at Common Dreams.

 Don't miss this one, either.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Combined with Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows "the government to use the military to detain U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers", we've officially entered the realm of police state.

"The House approved the $633 billion NDAA for 2013 in a 315-107 vote late Thursday night", and it now goes before the Senate. Attempts to amend the language to remove ambiguous language from the 2012 version, and to restore due process for American citizens, was thwarted and removed from the bill (by Senator John McCain -- the "freedom-loving" war hero who was, if I recall, a candidate for president at one time in the past).

Anyway, as this article accurately concludes, "NDAA is not about protecting us. It is about protecting the state from us."

Welcome to Nightmare on Main Street -- a time in American history when push comes to shove.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I suggest keeping a journal to store away in a strongbox - you can detail for future generations (if any) how you watched your country slide seamlessly into a fascist state. All while much of said country watched football, merikkan idol, and reel housewives of buttfuck Idaho. And fretted about how to buy more toxic junk from China for their brain-dead youngsters, who only knew how to score points in electronic games.

12:07 PM  

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