Friday, April 13, 2007

Chip, chip, chipping away

That pesky Constitution.

The Administration, lead by that small government champion of Conservatism George W. Bush, wants to expand the ability of the Federal government to listen to conversations of non-citizens.
The proposed revisions to FISA would also allow the government to keep information obtained "unintentionally," unrelated to the purpose of the surveillance, if it "contains significant foreign intelligence." Currently such information is destroyed unless it indicates threat of death or serious bodily harm.

And they provide for compelling telecommunications companies and e-mail providers to cooperate with investigations while protecting them from being sued by their subscribers. The legal protection would be applied retroactively to those companies that cooperated with the government after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
I have just one, very simple question:

Where in the Constitution does it say that the rules by which the government must play do not apply when non-citizens are involved?

If you want to wiretap someone, get a warrant. PERIOD.

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