Breaking and Entering In The Service of National Security
Some of it's more interesting provisions include:
- The power to avoid FISA warrants altogether when the target is a foreign national, even if the surveillance methods include tapping domestic sources such as email or phone calls
- Immunity from civil liability for telcos that cooperate with the government in terrorist investigations
- Expand the amount of time the feds can investigate you without a warrant from 72 hours to one week in emergencies--you know in case they don't find anything in the first illegal search
At a time when we should be curtailing these sorts of activities, McConnell is looking to expand the executive's power. Amazing.
Sinclair Lewis said "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
Heh, heh! Pretty soon everyone's gonna need personal surveillance.
Seems like if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck.....
Kvatch, thank you for your cogent comment on our blog. You are one smart frog.
Dave... You're probably right. Do you think then that this is just PR to make the Democrats look bad? "We wanted to protect you better, but look at what those evil Democrats did to our very reasonable bill."
Worried... Dave is right that this one probably won't get by Congress, but the stones it takes to even get it ready to submit. Lot of work there for little gain...