THE GUTTING OF FISA SAFEGUARDS
For five years, on presidential orders, the National Security Agency has been reading email and tapping phones without a warrant - actions explicitly forbidden by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
Despite this 30-year precedent, Congress and the president colluded in a last-minute Patriot-Act-style vote just before the 2007 summer recess. The resulting legislation lifts longstanding protections between government spying and Americans international communications. Congress' "Police America Act" now gives the NSA a blank check to wiretap Americans without judicial oversight.
I am all for protecting America but the changes made to the original provisions are too much power without checks and balances....that's all
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