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Sat Jul 19 2008
The FISA Amendment Act is Signed into Law
President Bush Signs The FISA Amendment Act
On July 10th, Bush has signed into law the FISA Amendment Act. The law allows the government to spy on emails, phone calls, web surfing, and other communications without warrants. The law also includes immunity to telecommunication companies who participated in an illegal spying by the government. An older version past by the House was threatened to be veto by President Bush for not including this immunity.

The ACLU has issued a statement calling the law unconstitutional, while others have pointed that this law is an assault on fundamental rights such as the first and fourth amendments.

According to Mark Klein a person who worked for AT&T for 22 years, the government built secrets rooms in communication companies across the U.S. and have been monitoring countless citizens in all forms of internet communications.

Numerous democrats have voted for the bill, among them Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. Obama voted for the bill, although he had promised to oppose the bill if it guaranteed immunity to the telecommunication companies. Obama has justified this by stating that the government should have the ability to defend the American people from terror attacks and that the newer version of the FISA bill allows a secret court, not the president, the right to decide who can be spied on.

In 2004, according to the government’s own figures, all of the 1,758 wiretap warrants submitted to the FISA secret court were granted.

New Wiretapping Law: A Big Leap in Big Brotherization of Society | Obama joins Senate vote to legitimize Bush's domestic spying operation | Today—U.S. Senate Votes Whether to Shoot Down 1st and 4th Amendments l SF AT&T Whistleblower And CWA Member Urges Against Immunity for Telecoms in Bush Spy Program l Compare Provisions in “Hitler’s Laws” with FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 l EFF Speaks Out Against Telecom Immunity Deal l Senators Dodd and Feingold Criticize Bond's False FISA "Compromise" l Spying Telecoms Receive Billions in Government Contracts l Interview on the Wiretapping Bill & the Unprecedented Expansion of Presidential Powers l imc_photo.gif AT&T Works in More Places, Like NSA Headquarters l The FISA Amendment Law is signed into Law l imc_photo.gif HR 6304 Sets New Referendum
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