Senate Passes Warrantless Spying Reauthorization Bill

Via Disobedient Media

Disobedient Media previously reported on the many issues that establishment press misrepresents or ignores. One of the issues discussed in that report included the overt hypocrisy displayed by allegedly anti-Trump Democrats who nonetheless voted in favor of increased warrantless spying powers.

That trend continued earlier today, when the Senate voted to pass the extremely controversial bill which would reauthorize FISA, and which many claim would result in increased warrantless spying powers for an already grotesquely powerful NSA.

Just Security wrote on the misrepresentation of the bill, relating that despite many lawmaker’s claim that the powers granted to the NSA would not target Americans, in reality, the law would permit exactly that. They also noted that the bill would hardly be used to target only terrorists or enemy combatants: “The NSA’s own slides on Section 702 describe it as collecting on topics such as “energy” and “political affairs.”

This author has also addressed many issues stemming from the monstrous power of the NSA in DecipherYou, an ongoing collaboration with Suzie Dawson. Dawson is a journalist, activist, and current leader of the Internet Party of New Zealand.

Establishment politicians from both sides of the aisle also prevented Rand Paul’s attempt to filibuster the legislation. Press reports related: “Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon tried to filibuster Tuesday night on the Senate floor during a debate over the government’s massive surveillance powers, but colleagues didn’t let them.”

The bill in question overcame another hurdle when it was passed by the Senate earlier today. CNN reported: “The Senate approved a six-year extension of the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Thursday. The vote was 65-34. The bill now heads to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.”

As whistleblower Edward Snowden pointed out via Twitter, President Trump has the power to veto the bill. JustSecurity related: “Last week the House voted to extend Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a warrantless surveillance authority that is targeted at foreigners but affects a huge number of Americans, a move that will codify some of Section 702’s most controversial practices.”

CBS reported on Trump’s likely support for the bill: “Mr. Trump is expected to sign the bill, although he sent discussions about section 702 into chaos last week when he suggested on Twitter that the program was used by the Obama administration to spy on his campaign.”

With the exception of The Intercept, establishment press reports on the bill have been markedly tepid in their expression of concern regarding the reauthorization of FISA, if not outright supportive. Press reports indicated that “Critics warn the government may incidentally monitor US citizens who are communicating with non-US citizens outside the United States.”

In light of the many instances of massive NSA overreach and outright abuses of power shown in plain language in hundreds of Snowden documents analyzed in DecipherYou, the likelihood of reauthorization is extremely alarming.

 

Comments

A Sentinel SixIsNinE Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:44 Permalink

This is a cause for celebration! Yippee! No more lousy due process or even reasonable cause! 

That'll show those frisky uppities!

While It’s probably unlikely in this case, every one of these America-destroying laws can be used in two directions — although I really don’t see freedom loving people using this against the fifth column types — one can hope.

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Chupacabra-322 wildbad Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:16 Permalink

 

The Criminal, illegal domestic surveillance of US citizens without a warrant or probable cause is only one symptom of many of how corrupt our government is at all levels.  Voters don't matter.  The deep state is not elected.  Money talks in Washington and the revolving door spins like a top.  Criminality & Corruption is so rampant, it is neither illegal or “hidden in plain sight” anymore. 

 

Criminal Congressmen can profit on insider information (no thanks to the Stock Act and Harry Reid who put a stop to it).  Special interests not only put their puppets in power and select their candidates before the election but write their own laws verbatim and hand them over to their puppets WHO DON'T EVEN READ THE TEXT THEY ARE PASSING!

 

This is not conspiracy folks.  This is the country you live in.  The only reason Trump is pissed about it is because it AFFECTED HIM!  If you think he cares about you, then you haven't been paying attention. 

 

Everyone except those who are supportive of a police state, and neo-feudalism are in for a rough time.  That is, of course, if this once great nation doesn't get turned into a pile of ash for starting WWIII - likely in 2018. 

 

Realize this didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen without the people's consent.  Folks didn't have a problem with special interests taking over our government despite repeat warnings from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan and others.  Folks believed what the MSM spoon fed them.   People didn't bother to question or hold their leaders accountable.  They allowed their rights to be systematically stripped away with new legislation that made the constitution effectively obsolete.   This goes back to at least Wilson, the formation of the FED, the Counsel On Foreign Relations, Rockefeller, the Rothchild's, JP Morgan, .etc.  What wwe are experiencing now is the maturity of a Criminal corrupt government who no longer exists for the people it claims to represent and instead sees them as an obstacle (as Rex Tillerson so eloquently put it). 

All evil needs is for good people to remain silent.  The American people have remained collectively silent (divided, and distracted) for generations.  I do not see them uniting any time soon. 

Insane times indeed...

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pynky01 SixIsNinE Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:06 Permalink

...and these folks need this bill for what purpose.... this is slow burn..but i don't break the law should I be concerned... you can't trust nobody...the only president I ever saw in person was dead when I was standing in the emergency room when they rolled him in...we will never know who killed him ... but he was my president like Pres. Trump he is my president ...maybe a little to (((tribal))) but a businessman and what the country needs at this time...but for the rest of swamp  .. time for citizens duty... they are treating us like dumbed down idiots from shitholes..wait never mind.. 

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helloimjohnnycat Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

You idjit american fuckkers keep voting for multi-millionaire joo lawyers to lord over you while they grab another mil or two or three in between hi-balls.

Slow death for you; Power for them.

Next, maybe they'll authorize statues MUST be made for each & every exalted mo-fo'n crooked drunk you mo-fo'n fools send to DC.

Nice tourist attraction for knee-padders and the pigeons always need something to shit on.

Pigeons KNOW better than cucked-american voters !

Squirt-Squirt, Coo-Coo.

dunce Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

They can restore our rights after a couple of years of Trump and spying on democrats like they spied on republicans. What goes around, comes around.

Sid Davis Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

I don't see how this fits in with MAGA.  Looks to me like it Makes American Tyrannical Again (MATA). And if Trump signs the bill he certainly can't claim to be a freedom loving American leader striving to make the country great.

The irony, if Trump signs it, is that it was FISA abuse used in an attempt to thwart his election.  Doesn't he know that if power is taken by government, someone will figure out how to abuse it.

Justapleb Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:56 Permalink

Well thank God.   This should help a lot in protecting the criminal gangsters running government.   With all this coming out on FISA abuse, they're going to need monitoring anyone reading about it and get their FEMA camp bed prepared.  

If it's not too much to ask, can I have a pillow for my concrete slab FEMA bed?

otschelnik Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:25 Permalink

And what coincidence just before congressmen were given access of the classified FISA abuses and Trump tower surveillance by the Obama administration. 

Deep State is setting the agenda and still firmly at the helm in DC.