P.A.A - Is Bush & His Administration Spying On You?
This past August, Congress dropped the ball in protecting our civil liberties and the Constitution, particularly the 4th Amendment. They acted liked bullied children in a playground afraid to stand up to Bush and his administration; even after a blatant threat to keep them thru the recess and target them in a campaign as non-patriots or soft on terrorism, "UNTIL" he got what he wanted! With the session recess only 5 days away Congress passed amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Security Act (FISA) and gave Bush the right to spy on millions in the United States under the Protect America Act of 2007 (PAA).
With his new candy, Bush can now operate with basically no checks and balances. He and his administration have the right to literally SPY on any of us! Our correspondence, blogs, emails, phone calls, can all be pulled in without a warrant. Originally, the law stated that if there were proof and ample justification that a person was of a foreign power, and this proof was presented to a Judge, the determination to use surveillance would the be made. With the changes in place, the Judge is out, and that "power" has been handed over to the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General. Currently, there is no requirement in place that stipulates the person or persons in question have connections to any terroristic parties, which means, our government could legally keep those Americans that dissent against the administrations policies under surveillance. Yet the reason that the Bush administration pushed this legislation was cited that it would help with the war on terror.
Beyond that, now the law allows for those that are directed to assist the government in these actions, not to be held accountable for their role in these insidious acts, immunity would be granted. Which probably brings us back to why Bush pushed so hard for the PAA prior to the recess; hearings were scheduled in August, due to lawsuits brought against him by the "National Lawyers Guild" and the "Center for Constitutional Rights" determining just how legal his Terrorist Surveillance Program, created in 2001, and carried out by NSA, AT&T, Verizon and Bell South; in which the largest database of American calls has been compiled. Does this look like damage control? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck!
There is a bright spot in all of this mess, the changes made, the PAA; was signed in as a temporary situation ~ it has a 6 month shelf-life; UNLESS they vote to make it permanent. Which is why Bush, accompanied by Cheney, McConnell and others showed up at Fort Meade, Maryland at the NSA facility on September 19th, to once again push the envelope and make PAA permanent! However, be aware, even if the PAA is repealed, according to the law, any "wiretapping" approved could continue for a full year.
Will Congress have the balls to stand up to this atrocity and recoup what pride they have left, will they uphold the Constitution and the people that they were sworn to protect? We shall see. I encourage you to write or call your elected officials and let them know your thoughts on this issue.