• Fourth Amendment Of The United States Constitution

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The recent capitualtion of the United States House of Representaives to the Bush Administrations demands for TELECOM IMMUNITY in anticipation of the United States Senate following suit shall not stand. Congress is empowered to pass laws. If they pass a bad law it needs to be repealed. This is bad law and this site seeks to have this law repealed. Please Read Carte blanche to illegally spy on Americans by Tom Burghardt
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Total Information Awareness Is Operational Under Obama!

People who care about the privacy of their papers and their persons may remember the furor that arose during the early years of the presidency of George W. Bush about the development of Total Information Awareness in the Pentagon by Iran Contra conspirator John Poindexter. The Total Information Awareness program was intended to design a super database into which the government would pull all kinds of private information, using the powers of the Patriot Act. Everything from medical records to book purchases would be taken from commercial databases and compiled, so that the government could keep files on the details of every American’s private life.

Congress acted then to end the Total Information Awareness program. So what did the Bush Administration do? They just gave it a new name, and moved it to the National Security Agency, and thus was born the program to seize information and spy without a search warrant.

New revelations by former NSA employee Russell Tice confirm earlier reports by a former employee of AT&T: The NSA was gathering ALL electronic communications into a gigantic computer database, using the Patriot Act as a justification. That electronic spying dragnet was further justified by the passage of the FISA Amendments Act.

Your telephone calls, your emails, your text messages, your credit card use, your Internet habits are all being watched by the government. Secret physical searches of homes and offices without a search warrant are also allowed under the FISA Amendments Act. Big Brother is here. Total Information Awareness is alive.

The funny thing that very few people have bothered to mention is that this search and seizure of Americans’ persons and papers is completely unconstitutional. Read the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Warrants are absolutely required for government searches and seizures, and the government has to be specific in applying for warrants about exactly who and where it wants the searches and seizures to apply to. The new Total Information Awareness program gives no such specification – it searches the electronic communications of the entire United States of America!

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that this is just a problem of the past, and that with the Bush Administration gone, the problem is solved. No, as a senator, Barack Obama voted to approve the FISA Amendments Act, and as President he is administering the program without acting to end the warrantless electronic spying at all. Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, confirms that the Obama Administration’s intention is to keep the NSA Total Information Awareness program in place.

If you care about freedom, you need to act now to put pressure on Barack Obama to change course, and to put an end to the Big Brother NSA spying program being used against the American people.

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Hold Barbara Mikulski Accountable for FISA Amendments Act

Barbara Mikulski, a Democratic senator from Maryland, has announced that she is actually going to vote for the FISA Amendments Act. Mikulski will vote to help George W. Bush cover up an illegal spy operation to look at the personal, private communications of millions of Americans. Mikulski will vote to make the fourth amendment in the Bill of Rights operationally dead. Mikulski will vote to wreck the system of checks and balances that keeps America from descending into tyranny.

Senator Barbara Mikulski needs to know that this vote will not be forgotten. There are Democrats organizing right now to oppose Mikulski’s re-election to the Senate in 2010.

Senators who sell out Democratic voters for the sake of George W. Bush have no place in public office.

Last Chance to Oppose FISA Amendments Act This Morning

This morning is the last chance we have to oppose the passage of the FISA Amendments Act. The Senate is set to begin considering H.R. 6304 at 10:00 Eastern Time this morning.

What’s wrong with the FISA Amendments Act? It all comes down to this: The FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the power to make unchallenged declarations of law, and to use this power to set up massive spy programs against the American people.

The FISA Amendments Act places the Attorney General in the position of an unstoppable spy master.

Are you okay with that? No? Then please call your two United States Senators and tell them you want them to vote NO on the FISA Amendments Act. Call them at (202) 224-3121 – before it’s too late!

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Obama Loses Swing Voters Over FISA Amendments Act Flip Flop

Barack Obama’s plan to win over independent swing voters by supporting George W. Bush’s FISA Amendments Act has backfired dramatically, with Obama losing Republican and independent swing votes over the broken promise.

One such swing voter, who supported Ron Paul when Paul’s campaign was still active, comments over at Irregular Times, “I’m not a McCain supporter either. I’m an Independent that supports Ron Paul. With the nomination lost to McCain, I was leaning to Obama. Now…I just hope that by some miracle of God, Ron Paul somehow gets in the ballot.”

That’s just one example of the many independent voters Obama lost by supporting the FISA Amendments Act.

Obama’s essential miscalculation was this: Obama carelessly concluded that because George W. Bush is a Republican President, Republicans actually agree with his policies. Obama failed to understand that the very same Republican voters who would consider switching parties and voting for a Democratic candidate are as sick and tired of Bush as Democrats are.

When Obama supported the FISA Amendments Act, emblematic of one of Bush’s worst policies, he lost Republican and independent swing voters, because those voters don’t want another Bush. They actually wanted real change. Now they perceive Obama’s promises of change as just more cheap talk from a politician who is playing the same power game as everyone else in Washington D.C.

Flip Flop Obama Was Against Protect America Act, Now For It!

Barack Obama has done himself in with his support for the FISA Amendments Act. The problem isn’t just that the FISA Amendments Act is a badly written law, and a flagrant abuse against Americans’ constitutional rights.

The biggest problem for Obama is that his support for the FISA Amendments Act is intellectually dishonest, and logically impossible to support because it’s internally inconsistent.

Consider two statements made in yesterday’s statement by Obama trying to explain his support for the FISA Amendments Act:

First: “I also believe that the compromise bill is far better than the Protect America Act that I voted against last year.”

Then: “Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, I’ve chosen to support the current compromise.”

When Barack Obama says in the second statement that he doesn’t want the President to lose “important surveillance tools”. You know what those “important surveillance tools” are? They’re the tools established by the Protect America Act:

– Physical searches of Americans’ homes without a search warrant or any evidence of a crime.
– Electronic eavesdropping on our telephone calls, emails and web surfing without a search warrant or other judicial supervision.
– Making the administrators of the spy programs the same people to certify the spy programs’ legality.

When Barack Obama says that he wants to keep “important surveillance tools” from expiring, he’s saying that he wants to keep the Protect America Act from expiring – but earlier in the same statement, he says that the Protect America Act is a bad law, and that’s why he voted against it in 2007!

Barack Obama was against the Protect America Act before he was for it?

That kind of sloppy thinking sunk John Kerry in 2004, and it is sinking Barack Obama in 2008.

Read the complete point by point rebuttal of Barack Obama’s new FISA Amendments Act statement.