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Obama signs renewal of foreign surveillance law
01-03-2013, 11:08 PM,
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Obama signs renewal of foreign surveillance law
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_SURVEILLANCE_LAW?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-30-17-49-22
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists.

The warrantless intercept program would have expired at the end of 2012 without the president's approval. The renewal bill won final passage in the Senate on Friday.

Known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law allows the government to monitor overseas phone calls and emails without obtaining a court order for each intercept.

The law does not apply to Americans. When Americans are targeted for surveillance, the government must get a warrant from a special 11-judge court of U.S. district judges appointed by the Supreme Court.

Quote:Obama secretly signs warrantless phone surveillance law
http://www.naturalnews.com/038540_phone_surveillance_Obama_government_secrecy.html
Thursday, January 03, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Without fanfare, President Obama has reauthorized a law that allows the U.S. government to conduct surveillance on overseas activities of suspected spies and terrorists.

The law, which has been around since the 1970s and is known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, was set to expire at the end of 2012, but Obama and Congress have extended it for an additional five years.

Provisions of the law allow the government to conduct all manners of surveillance, tracking overseas phone calls, email and other forms of electronic communication without first obtaining a court order for each case.

Overseas targets, sure, but what if they are Americans?

Ostensibly the law does not apply to Americans targeted for surveillance; in that case, the government is supposed to get a warrant from a special 11-judge court of U.S. district judges appointed by the Supreme Court (those this panel tends to rubber-stamp all such requests).

However, officials at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, say the measure is "a controversial law that allows surveillance of the phone and email communications of U.S. citizens without a warrant."

"The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, as adopted, clarified the legal basis for the use of electronic surveillance techniques by the Executive, but it also authorized surveillance of foreign communications, including communication of U.S. persons, on a mass scale without adequate public oversight," EPIC's executive director, Marc Rotenberg, said in testimony before House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in May.

He said sections of the law give "the government unprecedented authority to conduct electronic surveillance without first establishing probable cause to believe that a particular target was a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power," adding that the court's role in overseeing any surveillance measures "is merely to review the proposed procedures and guidelines, not to review the government's actual surveillance practices."

"This procedure, which has the effect of a 'rubber stamp,' diminishes the independent role of the judiciary and leaves the executive with broad and minimally accountable collection authority," said Rotenberg.

"Congress should not reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act until adequate oversight procedures are in place."

Well, so much for that

Apparently, his words fell on deaf ears, though not all lawmakers were tone deaf to his concerns.

From The Associated Press:

The Senate majority rejected arguments from an unusual combination of Democratic liberals and ideological Republican conservatives, who sought to amend the bill to require the government to reveal statistics showing whether any Americans were swept up in the foreign intercepts. The attempt lost, with 52 votes against and 43 in favor.

The point that sticks out like the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room is that a majority of United States senators, who took an oath to support, defend and uphold the Constitution, did not care to know if any Americans "were swept up in the foreign intercepts."

Voters should want to know why, considering that one issue was of primary concern to a privacy group whose executive direct spoke to that point specifically.

Natural News supports the right of the federal government to keep track of America's enemies, but if they are American citizens, the law and the Constitution should apply.

Sources:

http://epic.org/privacy/testimony/EPIC-FISA-Amd-Act-Testimony-HJC.pdf

http://hosted.ap.org

http://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/fisa/
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01-03-2013, 11:31 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-03-2013, 11:33 PM by SiLVa.)
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RE: Obama signs renewal of foreign surveillance law
I crack up listening to liberal radio shows like Democracy Now and others here in the New York area, specifically those I hear on WBAI FM while on in the car on the way to work.
These idiots think that Obama will change the way he's been governing just because its his second term and "he has more political capitol blah blah blah". Its a joke.
Why is it that people are so fucking stubborn, in unbelievable denial?
What is it going to take for them to see that he's just as much a puppet, just as much a pawn as any other political "leader", if not even more so?
The Obama presidency is a complete Joke. Just like Bush was. But unlike a joke, nothing that either of them have been responsible for is funny.
Its as if the Bush years were their to discredit Conservative political discussion and the same exact thing for Obama, his administration discredits Liberal political discussion. Even still people will vote Republican or Democrat in the next election, you can bet on that.

Its such a sham, its sad to see people still stuck in the left/right paradigm. Especially since its one of the hardest things for people to come to grips with.
"Listen to everyone, read everything, believe nothing unless you can prove it in your own research"
~William Cooper

DTTNWO!
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