Tuesday, September 15, 2009

OBAMA BACKS RENEWAL OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOT ACT PROVISIONS

Wired - The Obama administration has told Congress it supports renewing three provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at year's end, measures making it easier for the government to spy within the United States. . .

These are the three provisions due to expire:

- A secret court, known as the FISA court, may grant "roving wiretaps" without the government identifying the target. Generally, the authorities must assert that the target is an agent of a foreign power and/or a suspected terrorist. The government said Tuesday that 22 such warrants - which allow the monitoring of any communication device - have been granted annually.

- The FISA court may grant warrants for "business records," from banking to library to medical records. Generally, the government must assert that the records are relevant to foreign intelligence gathering and/or a terrorism investigation. The government said Tuesday that 220 of these warrants had been granted between 2004 and 2007. It said 2004 was the first year those powers were used.

- A so-called "lone wolf" provision, enacted in 2004, allows FISA court warrants for the electronic monitoring of an individual even without showing that the person is an agent of a foreign power or a suspected terrorist. The government said it has never invoked that provision, but said it wants to keep the authority to do so.

1 Comments:

At October 29, 2009 3:28 PM, Anonymous wade williams said...

In other words, If we haven't trampled your constitutional rights yet........wait, we will and to ensure everyones equal encroachment under the "LAW" we would like to reserve the powers and rights to do so.

 

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