• 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 If they pass a bad law it needs to be repealed. This is bad law and this site seeks to have this law repealed.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.


Just Go Ahead and Burn the Worthless 4th Amendment

Now that the FISA Amendments Act, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution just isn’t as important as it used to be. It used to be a mandate, but now it is just a suggestion to be followed kind of, sort of, if that’s OK with you, and if no, then you know, like whatever. Yes, the Constitution has been valleygirled into irrelevance. So why not just burn it?

The wind is blowing too hard in Washington. That’s why.

Hold Congressman Arcuri Accountable for FISA Betrayal

Bit by bit, day by day, one of the most important things we can do as activists against the FISA Amendments Act is to hold accountable the members of Congress who voted for the terrible law. Especially with the Democrats who turned coat and joined the Republicans to support the legislation, it’s important that we let constituents know what their representatives have done.

Think of it as a constant, low drumbeat of pressure. Keep it up for long enough, and it may have an effect.

One member of Congress who ought to be held in special contempt by his Democratic constituents is Mike Arcuri, who has the seat in the House of Representatives for the 24th District in upstate New York.

Michael Arcuri not only voted in favor of George W. Bush’s program of government spying against Americans – he led the effort to shove the FISA Amendments Act through the House of Representatives just 24 hours after the text of the bill was made available, before most members of Congress had the chance to read it, and with just one hour of debate. Thanks to Arcuri, opponents of the legislation had less than ten minutes – total – to express their concerns with the law.

Given that the FISA Amendments Act attacks the Constitution of the United States of America, wrecking the fourth amendment and the system of checks and balances, and blatantly disobeying the prohibition on ex post facto laws, having less than 10 minutes to express objections was not enough. It was a move to willfully preserve ignorance, and Congressman Arcuri made it possible.

Filibuster Obama On Big Brother Spying

Barack Obama wouldn’t honor his promise to the American people. He promised that he would support the filibuster of any legislation that gave retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations who helped George W. Bush spy against the American people.

Well, guess what the FISA Amendments Act does – it provides retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations who helped George W. Bush spy against the American people.

Twice, Obama had the chance to join in a filibuster against the FISA Amendments Act. The first time, Obama didn’t show up at all. The second time, Obama voted against the filibuster.

Then, Senator Obama actually voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act!

Barack Obama would not keep his promise to filibuster to defend our freedom. Now it’s time for us to filibuster Obama.

Filibustering Obama means that we keep on writing about the FISA Amendments Act and Barack Obama’s role in it. Where Barack Obama expects to get praise from progressives, he will get criticism instead. We will keep this issue at the forefront of the 2008 presidential election until Obama admits his mistake and introduces a bill into the Senate to repeal the FISA Amendments Act.

Now is the time for true citizens to do what our representatives would not. Join the filibuster – start today!

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!

fisa amendments act video podcast

The FISA Amendments Act in 20 Seconds

A fair number of people have been writing a lot of words about H.R. 6304 and why its passage is inadvisable. But if we wanted to sum it all up in, say, twenty seconds, what would we say?

Here’s what I’d say:

H.R. 6304 in 20 Seconds youtube video

H.R. 6304 in 20 Seconds youtube video

Call the Senate today at (202) 224-3121 and tell your Senators to vote NO on H.R. 6304.

Youtube Video: FISA for Dummies

This video heads a bit toward the silly in an effort to capture the attention of people who’d rather not pay attention to H.R. 6304 (the 4th-amendment-sacking bill to be voted on next week):

Irregular Times H.R. 6304