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Generally,when my brain wants me to wake up it turns whatever I'm dreaming about into a nightmare. But it seems that today it found a new and more horrible technique:



And will somebody please assassinate Arlen Specter?



Sep. 25th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Just because they're liberal doesn't mean they're wrong this time.

What's wrong with the bill is that it means that the NSA can spy on the general public without them knowing anything about it. I can understand the need for the FISA court when a specific person is being targeted by a counterintelligence wiretap, but we're not talking about individuals under suspicion—we're talking about average citizens, whether there's even the slightest hint of guilt or not.

I think that when the government doesn't have probable cause, at the very least it should be forced to tell the public about its monitoring programs. This bill only requires authorization from the FISA court, whose activities are classified. It's oversight, yes, but not the kind that could lose an election for an overstepping President, which is what I think is necessary for a program that listens to, say, every phone call made in America.