DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Halt Challenge to Warrantless Eavesdropping
This needs to stop. Lest it be allowed to continue indefinitely as in decades. After all terror is only a small % of when these Patriot Act provisions are used. Wired, the ACLU and others are right to fear the consequences of permanent reductions in civil liberties like freedom from warrantless search.
I’d like my culture intact please.
The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to halt a legal challenge weighing the constitutionality of a once-secret warrantless surveillance program targeting Americans’ communications that Congress eventually legalized in 2008.
The FISA Amendments Act (.pdf), the subject of the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and others, allows the government to electronically eavesdrop on Americans’ phone calls and e-mails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is outside the United States. The communications may be intercepted “to acquire foreign intelligence information.”