Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Goodbye 4th Amendment. Sorry to see you go

by expatbrian

The fourth amendment, the one that prohibits illegal and warrantless searches and seizures was, once and for all, flushed down the toilet by YOUR United States Senate. They did this by ending debate on the FISA bill which in essence grants immunity to the telecom companies who willingly participated in tapping YOUR phone lines, intercepting YOUR emails and presumably even YOUR text messages.

This was done of course, because it would be considered very bad form for Bush to (a) ask them to violate YOUR constitutional rights and then (b) prosecute them when they were caught doing so. Not to mention all that pesky money they donate to the republican cause.

Hey, isn’t it great having a democratic majority in the Senate? I remember when we were all cheering over that one. The vote was 67 to 31.

cross posted from World Gone Mad


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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Even sadder, I had CNN on for a good part of the day and never heard them say a word about it.

10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Well, if you are all cranked about this, then go to Firedoglake and sign a petition that seeks to restore the House version of the bill that contains NO telecom immunity from prosecution.

Aw, come on. Put your money where your you-know-what is (and be prepared to cough up a few more e-mail leads in the process).

Here is the link.

1:16:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Those assholes. It's not that we didn't expect it, but it still rankles when they sell us out.

6:55:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I sign all the petitions - nothing ever changes. We aren't ready for Democracy - we don't even like Democracy and we constantly elect people who think they know what's best and never change their minds.What we really want is Fascism and that's what we will get.

9:11:00 AM  

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