All I am saying is that the continual stripping of the Fourth amendment is collectivley what is chipping away at what our Founding Fathers had in mind. The idea that government can straddle the definitions and use statements such as " reasonable suspicion", and that without any oversight, checks and balances, to keep them within the context of the Constitution, we are sacrificing what we as a nation have been fighting for all along. That is all I am worried about...
The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is one of the provisions included in the Bill of Rights. The Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, and was designed as a response to the controversial writs of assistance (a type of general search warrant), which were a significant factor behind the American Revolution.
Toward that end, the amendment specifies that judicially sanctioned search and arrest warrants must be supported by probable cause and be limited in scope according to specific information supplied by a person (usually a peace officer) who has sworn by it and is therefore accountable to the issuing court.
End of story, the bill passed.
Thats not all you said. You came in here with a copy/paste from the ACLU site about opposition to a bill that passed last year and expired 6 months ago, lol. If you cant even get your own facts and claims straight why should anybody take you seriously?
Everyone wants to be an Internet activist around here. How about you go read the new FISA act and then make a decision instead of just reading what you see on TV and the Internet? The maybe you will be more informed and not come off as a fool.
And if you read the new act (which you obviously didnt) there is checks and balances, its called the need for the warrant after 7 days. That is a judicial branch check on the executive branch. The only thing up for debate really is the 7 day window and even that debate is done because the bill is now law.
The left hates this law but the best part is the lord barack obama, the savior of the left, voted for it. Hows that for change you can believe in?