Feb 252012
 

WTF? How in the blue hell can you tell us you are for government transparency when you pull shit like this?  The Fourth Amendment isn’t there for shits and giggles you fuck. From the ACLU Blog:

Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law

Today, the government asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act to go forward. That law gives the government unprecedented authority to monitor Americans’ international emails and phone calls.

The appeals court ruling, which was issued in March 2011, held that our case could forward, rejecting the administration’s arguments that the case should be dismissed because our clients could not prove their communications would be collected under the law.(emphasis mine)

Needless to say, we’re disappointed by the government’s filing today. ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer stated in a press release, “It’s crucial that the government’s surveillance activities be subject to constitutional limits, but the administration’s argument would effectively insulate the most intrusive surveillance programs from judicial review. The Supreme Court should leave the appeals court’s ruling in place and allow our constitutional challenge to proceed.”

We filed our suit less than an hour after the FISA Amendments Act was signed into law by President Bush in July 2008. The suit was filed on behalf of a broad group of attorneys and human rights, labor, legal and media organizations whose work requires them to engage in sensitive telephone and email communications with people outside the U.S. Our plaintiffs include Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, The Nation, the Service Employees International Union and journalists Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein. The Justice Department claims that the plaintiffs should not be able to sue without first showing that they have been monitored under the program – information that the government refuses to provide.

The FISA Amendments Act is the most sweeping surveillance statute ever enacted by Congress. It allows dragnet surveillance of Americans’ international communications with none of the safeguards that the Constitution requires. Little is known about how the Act has been used. In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the government revealed that every six-month review of the Act had identified “compliance incidents,” suggesting either an inability or an unwillingness to properly safeguard Americans’ privacy rights. The government has withheld the details of those “compliance incidents,” however, including statistics relating to abuses of the Act.

The Act is scheduled to sunset in December 2012, and we’re calling for amendments that would prohibit dragnet surveillance, require the government to be more transparent about how the law is being used and place stronger restrictions on the retention and dissemination of information that is collected.

It’s sickening that a Democratic President is behind this fuckery, to continue the warrantless wiretapping of Americans. That the DOJ, who is there to protect American’s rights, would now be pushing to remove them at the highest judicial level makes me physically ill. Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, has a good writeup here at HuffPo on this whole lousy ass fuckery being perpetrated upon us by a Democratic President and supported by the D’s in our Congress.

This is a GOP-type move folks, make no mistake about it.

Bush43 would be proud of you Obama and your fucking DOJ, as he started this fuckery and you continue it.

I, on the other hand, think you are a bag of shit. That you will continue down this road shows how little you believe in our constitutional rights.

This is one of the very reasons I no longer vote Democratic. It’s also one of the major reasons I will not vote for Obama come November.

And if you are a believer in our constitution, neither should you. The man that parks his ass in the oval office could give a damn about you, as an American or your rights that are guaranteed by our constitution. To him, you are just a vote folks…fucking face it.

Dusty

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

  7 Responses to “Obama still pushing warrantless wiretapping of Americans.”

  1. I agree that it is “sickening that a Democratic President is behind this fuckery”, but not voting for Obama in November is just helping elect a republican which would be 10 times worse.

  2. Obama’s record on civil rights goes against everything I believe in. Him not vetoing that NDAA was the last straw for me. At the same time, the only GOP I would vote for is Ron Paul. And it really doesn’t look like he’s going to get the nomination. :\

  3. If all the people who ran around saying, “Don’t criticize Obama, or it’ll be all your fault when we get President Rmoney Gingrich Rmoney Santorum would instead fight for liberal policies, we might have a better country.

    Think about it.
    ~

  4. It is true that if more people fought for liberal policies we might have a better policies. But those people have to vote too or their efforts will be diluted. Fighting for those liberal policies include criticizing Obama when he deserves it, but criticizing and voting are two very different things.

    • Obama and company are all too willing to take your vote for granted.

      “Republicans fear their base, Democrats despise theirs.”

      Why? Because a right-winger like Obama can try and cut Social Security (watch him get this done in his 2nd term), massively increase “War on Terror” civil liberties abuses, blow up innocent families in his drone strikes, give a pass to all the banksters while showering same with money, and what does the Opologist left have to say?

      “Make sure you don’t do anything to make Obama mad!”

      Why don’t you go lick his shoes, I’m sure he’ll have more respect for your alleged liberal views that way.
      ~

  5. Hmm. I’m with Jerry Critter on this. That said, if Ron Paul were to get the nomination (unlikely), I would have a lot of thinking to do.

    • Thanks Spinny. I have found my newest post: The hypocrisy of Ron Paul. He isn’t a real libertarian and Lawrence ODonnell will tell you why in my next post. ;)

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