July 09, 2008
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More rights taken away. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25610134#25607466
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As Benjamin Franklin said, "Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and will lose both". Unauthorized/illegal wiretaps should not be allowed, and hopefully their use will be banned by the Supreme Court. I hope the ACLU can win their case and that an injunction can be mandated by a court during the appeals process. I always thought that the Patriot Act gave up too many of our freedoms in the name of pursuing terrorists and now the government is trying to expand their powers by restricting our freedoms more. With the Executive and Legislative Branches trying to do a power grab, our only hope is the Judicial Branch. With enough media attention, if they don't support the power grab, maybe this can become a political issue with the elections coming up. The only thing that the Legislative and Executive Branches fear is the power of the ballot box. Maybe that power can be used to at least temporarily turn back this tide.
One can only hope and vote.
Vote from the rooftops
I'm all for moaning about the government taking away our rights. And it does seem as if Bush continues to get a lot of what he wants despite the Republicans no longer holding a majority in congress. But what the ACLU is saying in the press release quoted above doesn't seem quite right.
There have been several versions of this bill that were discussed and voted on. For example:
"...allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to review only general procedures for spying rather than individual warrants. The FISC will not be told any specifics about who will actually be wiretapped, thereby undercutting any meaningful role for the court and violating the Fourth Amendment..."
This stuff was in an earlier senate version. The bill that was voted on yesterday (H.R. 6304) lays out much more oversight and requires more specifics about who is being wiretapped. From what I've read, this bill is a compromise between the earlier Senate bill and one drafted in the House. Perhaps that is why 21 of 49 democrats voted in favor of it. The main compromise seems to be the amnesty for the telecoms. Apparently many more dems would have voted for the bill if that wasn't included.
BTW, if you're interested, you can look here to see if your senator voted for or against it.
Thanks all. I keep voting for anyone who runs against them and yet they are still here. Write in vote for Ron Paul is my next vote.