Senate Allows NSA To Keep Spying On You Without A Warrant Until 2017

Seal of the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate - goldThe surveillance state continues. Report from The Verge:

The US Senate has voted to approve the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, which will authorize warrantless surveillance of Americans for counter-terrorism purposes for another five years. The bill extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, which granted retroactive immunity for wiretaps and email monitoring under the Bush Administration and created a framework for future warrant-free surveillance as long as one party is located outside the US and terrorism is suspected.

Whistleblowers like former NSA codebreaker William Binney have long since revealed that surveillance programs catch hundreds of thousands of American citizens in their dragnet. But attempts to criticize the law have been blocked by the fact that no one — including the Senate’s intelligence committee — is allowed to know much of anything about how it actually works. That means this vote represented the last chance for Congress to enact meaningful review of surveillance activities for the next five years.

The final Senatorial vote was 73 in favor and 23 against. The bill already passed the House of Representatives in September, with 301 voting for and 118 against. Now, it will proceed to the desk of President Obama, who said earlier this year that his administration “strongly” supported the House bill and its ability to “ensure the continued availability of this critical intelligence capability.” That means it’s on track to be extended just before the original law expires on December 31st…

[continues at The Verge]

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  • BuzzCoastin

    honestly, Joe Six thinks this is kewl
    because he has nothing to hide
    and since there really is no such thing as personal privacy anymore
    true, there was once a right to privacy in the days of paper privacy
    but there hasn’t even been the illusion of privacy since the database
    so really, wtf’z the the hubbub about, the constitution?
    pshaw

  • Apathesis

    Dianne Feinstein voted for this. She also voted for the NDAA and the USA PATRIOT Act extension. She’s now trying to pass new gun control legislation that looks more like a massive ban on any sort of rifle. Did I mention she bought a gun in 1995 after her AWB was signed into law?

  • Nunya Goddam-Bizness

    Indeed, Diane Feinstein is a fascist, like Charles Schumer, and Joe Lieberman, Levin, Boxer . . . see a pattern here?

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