Steve G.

House passes surveillance bill

In Libertarian on June 20, 2008 at 7:09 pm

From MSNBC Breaking News:

WASHINGTON – The House Friday easily approved a compromise bill setting new electronic surveillance rules that effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits arising from the government’s terrorism-era warrantless eavesdropping on phone and computer lines in this country.

The bill, which was passed on a 293-129 vote, does more than just protect the telecoms. The update to the 30-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is an attempt to balance privacy rights with the government’s responsibility to protect the country against attack, taking into account changes in telecommunications technologies.

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  1. Oe of the provisions of the FISA Bill was :Prohibit the government from invoking war powers or other authorities to supersede surveillance rules in the future. The only problem is all future wars will go under the “War on Terror” provision, making this portion of the bill meaningless.

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