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Senate Judiciary Committee approves Big Brother bills
Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 15 September 2006 07:45

Ars Technica has a chilling report on a pair of Senate bills (one sponsored by Senator Arlen Spector - S.B. 2453, the other by Senator Dianne Feinstein - S.B. 3877) which are designed to curtail our fourth amendment rights (you DO remember what the fourth amendment is, yes?).

"When it comes right down to it, both of the bills inherently degrade fourth amendment protections and expand the scope of the federal government's investigative power and authority for the sake of augmented versatility in the war against terror, but Feinstein's bill does so while simultaneously imposing concrete and well-defined limitations on the extent of Presidential power. In order to ensure that the American system of checks and balances remains intact, it is imperative that lawmakers reject proposals like the Specter bill, which eliminate oversight and accountability while imbuing the executive branch with the power to violate the freedom and privacy of American citizens. As the war against terror continues, the increasingly invasive investigative techniques used by the federal government must be coupled with vigorous oversight. Obscured by the dark curtain of the secretive FISA courts, domestic surveillance cannot be permitted to continue beyond the reach of public scrutiny."

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