Sunday, February 24, 2008

FISA and the US Constitution

What's more, President Bush and some in Congress, through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), are seeking to grant immunity for telecoms who help violate your Constitutional rights! Jeepers, they want to protect the corporations first! So, tell me if you can sue a giant telecom company who violated your privacy rights, do the terrorists win? If you can't sue then who is the real loser?

Yeah - I have nothing to hide in my telephone conversations and emails...but I certainly don't want the government listening in either, do you? They should have to have a damn good reason to be spying on anyone, don'tcha think? Otherwise why bother having 4th Amendment rights at all?

More on FISA here and here.


Sheri said...

Whoah! Wait a minute. Is that spy fly real?

Rational Jenn said...

This is all so terribly disappointing. I can't imagine what some of our Founders would have thought.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oy. Now I have to look out for insects?? I think we ought to go to our peacable assemblies armed with raid and fly swatters. Any real insect will succumb to the raid, and if not--get 'em with the swatter!

As for Napolitano's opinion, the operative words were "goverment agents will in effect be princes" able to do what they want, when they want, because they will no longer see themselves as beholden to the Constitution. They may be elected, or appointed by elected people, but what will it matter if they are essentially above the law of the land.

And that's damn scary. The protections of the Constitution are there for a reason--to limit the power government will otherwise try to expand--and protect the liberties of the citizens. Safety? Really? And at what price?