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    Obama secretly signs warrantless phone surveillance law






    Obama secretly signs warrantless phone surveillance law
    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.

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    they have been tapping ALL telecom conversations in and out of the US for well over a decade, this just makes it legal. fiber taps have been installed at the digital facilities of all the carriers in the US.
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    The NDAA, an otherwise mundane annual bill that lays out the use of funds for the Department of Defense, has come under attack during the Obama administration for the introduction of a provision last year that allows the military to detain United States citizens indefinitely without charge or trial for mere suspicions of ties to terrorism. Under the 2012 NDAA?s Sec. 1021, Pres. Obama agreed to give the military the power to arrest and hold Americans without the writ of habeas corpus, although he promised with that year?s signing statement that his administration would not abuse that privilege.




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    Yes, he is a real Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian. Its all smoke and mirrors, notice it won't make any news outlet that gets any real viewer/readership.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oufinny View Post
    Yes, he is a real Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian. Its all smoke and mirrors, notice it won't make any news outlet that gets any real viewer/readership.
    when has the signing of any executive order made the news? its only happened a couple thousand times in the past century.

    all they care about is having the sheep continue to believe the lies they spew and keep over consuming.
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    Spy on you? The govt will KILL you without due process now. When questioned about due process, they claim judicial process is all thats needed. Game over. If you are labeled a terrorist, judicial process is all thats needed. Judicial process btw is just code for the prez saying "hit him"

    It doesnt stop there. They could ban guns and say anyone who doesnt turn them in, is labeled a terrorist. Its already on record where they say its ok to kill someone within the borders, not just abroad. As long as judicial process is carried out, its ok.

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    Obama secretly signs warrantless phone surveillance law

    They're gonna do it anyway might as well cut the useless rubber stamp out of the process so they don't have to miss tee time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irish_2003 View Post
    lam when the truth is finally out will you step down off Barry Soetoro's nuts?
    why would anybody expect this POTUS to change from the last 5-6. JFK was the last POTUS that was not a totally puppet.

    my guess is yor waiting for the next "Reagan" to turn things around! LMAO

    the US is fucked, get over it and stop expecting change for the better. cause it isn't happening..

    LOL at your Barry Soetoro that's about the most you know about any POTUS....once again the world thanks you for not reproducing
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    why would anybody expect this POTUS to change from the last 5-6. JFK was the last POTUS that was not a totally puppet.

    my guess is yor waiting for the next "Reagan" to turn things around! LMAO

    the US is fucked, get over it and stop expecting change for the better. cause it isn't happening..
    way to avoid answering the question...typical libtard tactic
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    your IQ would have to increase 50 pts just to make it to 80 and you have the nerve to use that word...
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    sorry i forgot you cant even get laid....
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    your IQ would have to increase 50 pts just to make it to 80 and you have the nerve to use that word...
    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    sorry i forgot you cant even get laid....
    and still refusing to answer a direct question...stop being typical and think for yourself for once...people might respect you on this board more
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