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Friday, January 12, 2018

GOP Votes to EXPAND the Police State

The Bill of Rights Has No Meaning
The bipartisan political liars in both parties have created an American Big Brother system of Secret Courts hearing Secret Evidence during Secret Sessions where the Courts issue Secret Search Warrants for millions of people at one time for the use of the Secret Police to do Secret spying on the people.

(Washington Times)  -  Brushing aside a series of confusing tweets from President Trump, the House voted Thursday to renew the government’s most important intelligence snooping powers.

Lawmakers are rushing a Jan. 19 deadline to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows collection of the contents of phone calls, emails and other communications of foreign targets overseas — though Americans’ data can be snared if they are part of those communications.

The intelligence communities are desperate to maintain the powers, but Mr. Trump undercut them Thursday when he took to Twitter to say FISA was used to snoop on his campaign . . . 

The vote was 256-164 to renew Section 702 powers.

Much of the opposition came from Democrats, though the vote did produce a striking coalition of conservatives and liberals who backed an alternative that would have imposed stricter protections for Americans whose information got snared in the data dragnet.

That proposal, sponsored by Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, would have still allowed “incidental” collection of communications by Americans, but would have required the government to get a warrant before digging through it for a non-national security purpose.

The bill’s opponents said the legislation would, for the first time, explicitly authorize the government to collect communications between Americans if they are talking about a foreign target. 

It’s known in the intelligence community as “abouts” collection.

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