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What CA Democrats voted to reauthorize unlimited wiretapping?
The Smith bill passed by the House extends the domestic surveillance powers until December 31, 2017. If passed, the Senate bill would grant the government a three-year “Get Out of the Fourth Amendment Free” card. Such a time frame could conceivably coincide with the completion of the sprawling surveillance compound being constructed by the National Security Agency (NSA) in Utah.
The vote was 301-118. Although most Dems voted against this atrocity, these 8 voted for it --
Howard Berman, North Hollywood, CA
Jim Costa, Fresno, CA
John Garamendi, Walnut Creek, CA
Jerry McNerney, Pleasanton, CA
Nancy Pelosi, SF, CA
Adam Schiff, Burbank, CA
Brad Sherman, Sherman Oaks, CA
Mike Thompson, St. Helena, CA
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 569
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center
US Congress approves extension of secret surveillance under FISA
Lawmakers in the House agreed from Washington, DC on Wednesday afternoon to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), a polarizing legislation that has been challenged by privacy advocates and civil liberties organizations alike around the country. The extension was approved by a vote of 301 to 118.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was first signed into law in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, but amendments added two decades later under the George W Bush administration provide for the government to conduct widespread and blanketing snooping of emails and phone calls of Americans. The FISA Amendments added in 2008, specifically section 702, specify that the government can eavesdrop on emails and phone calls sent from US citizens to persons reasonably suspected to be located abroad without ever requiring intelligence officials to receive a court order.
If the US Senate echoes the House’s extension of the act, the FAA will carry through for another five years until 2017, ensuring the federal intelligence community that they will be able to conduct surveillance on the correspondence of the country’s own citizens well into the future. If no action is taken, the FAA is slated to expire at the end of 2012.