American government extends warrantless wiretapping until 2017


Looks like warrantless wiretapping in the name of counter-terrorism in the US isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. After a Senate vote last Thursday that saw the bill passed by a vote of 73 to 23, it looks like the proverbial nail is in the coffin on this one.

President Obama has just signed off on an extension to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act, extending wide-range warrantless surveillance of Americans to 2017. Although it is more complicated than just this, thethis law allows warrantless wiretaps across the United States. There were a number of amendments proposed that could have appeased many — such as a quicker expiration of the program and more importantly, the opinions of the FISA court being made public to Americans. All of these, however, were shot down.

Are you angered by this decision? Or is it a non-issue? Discuss in the comments below! Be sure to keep in mind this extension/bill had to pass both the House and the Senate, and be signed by President Obama to become law. So there isn’t just one or two people to blame. Both Democratics and Republicans were in on this one.

[via The Verge, image via Jorge Hernandez]

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  • Prema

    lol great picture ashraf! made me laugh

  • Sad Dem

    Historians have explained Johnson’s escalation in Vietnam because Johnson was worried that his political opponents would use his failure to escalate against him, as an example of weakness.

    Johnson wasn’t strong enough nor smart enough to understand that acting out of fear of Right Wing hate mongers was the wrong course and it irrevocably ruined what otherwise might have been the best American presidency in modern history.

    Evidently, Obama is not only as weak in mind and will, he is also incapable of learning from history. He is still a better choice than McCain or Romney but that is a very low bar.

    Historians will not look kindly upon Mr. Obama for this lack of courage.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    It isn’t just Obama who sucks, it’s all the politicians in DC. Quit voting for incumbents, people!

    As for the wiretapping, no surprise that it was renewed. Once given the power to do something, politicians very rarely if ever give it back.

  • Ashraf

    @A&L: Im not pro or against President Obama but it isnt fair to just blame him from this one. This was and continues to be a bipartisan bill supported by the majority of our legislators in the name of security. I highly doubt anyone would have vetoed the bill had they been president, especially not Obama’s recent challenger Romney. In fact my guess is Romney would have tried to make the act more aggressive. I dont follow politics enough to pinpoint the policies of each candidate but from the little that I see, Romney was (is?) a huge fear monger. Anyone is welcome to correct me if Im wrong.

  • A&L

    Obama sucks, always has, always will