Category Archives: warrantless wiretapping
Let me see if I have this correct. President Obama’s administration is supporting BushCo’s wiretapping program and their defense of said program by invoking ‘government secrecy‘ aka the almighty States Secret Privilege fuckery.
Thats a whole lotta bullshit folks..It gives one pause..to wonder wtf is up and why in the blue hell the DOJ would pursue this line of defense when all Obama has talked about is transparency..transparency and yep..transparency. Not to mention ‘the rule of law’.
Now, he and his cronies will be able to breathe easier on this front.
And that is wrong, so wrong on every friggin level.
Emptywheel has a good writeup on it, a small blurb from it:
Now, as it happens, a District Court Judge may have or may be about to judge whether or not that wiretapping was illegal. I’m referring, of course, to the al-Haramain suit currently before Vaughn Walker. The last known development in that suit came eleven days ago, when the 9th Circuit ruled that Walker should review the wiretap log to determine whether it shows that al-Haramain is an aggrieved party (meaning they were wiretapped illegally), and when the Obama Administration corrected “inaccurate” information on the wiretap program probably submitted three years ago. Since then, nothing has appeared in the docket for the case.
The absence of any activity in the docket could mean one of two things. First, Vaughn Walker may still be reviewing all the new information he received on February 27–the four new declarations about the program–as well as the rather astonishing OLC opinions revealed last Monday. In other words, by flooding Walker with new information, the Obama Administration may have prevented Walker from ruling quickly on whether the al-Haramain wiretapping was legal until after the statute of limitations expire. He may still be wading through new legal issues that go beyond those raised by the wiretap log itself.
Or, it’s possible that Vaughn Walker has already ruled. As I pointed out over the weekend, the Obama Administration requested that Judge Walker show them in his order before he publishes it to the docket so they can conduct a classification review and decide whether to appeal his decision.
Accordingly, the Government respectfully proposes that the Court utilize the following procedures. First, if the Court proceeds on an ex parte, in camera basis to review the Sealed Document in order to address the issue of standing, then regardless of how the Court would then intend to rule, the Government requests that the Court provide notice to the Government of any order it would place on the public record, so that the Government may conduct a classification review and determine whether to appeal before any information over which the Government claims privilege is disclosed to the public.
Of all the crimes committed by BushCo, this one affected or had the ability to affect, all Americans.
Obama voted with the heathens to allow warrantless wiretapping and Telco Immunity.
Hillary Clinton voted no and supported Feingold and Dodd. From TPM muckraker:
Moments before the final vote, a handful of senators voted to filibuster the vote, including Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Tom Harkin of Iowa.
So what does that mean? It means that the nations largest telecom companies no longer have to worry about a batch of multi-million lawsuits filed by customers angered that the companies turned over their personal information to the government without a warrant.
It also means that if you are at home making an overseas phone call to a suspected terrorist, the government can monitor that call without a warrant.
Perhaps its just my usual ‘kneejerk’ reaction but I applaud Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Patrick Leahy and Tom Harkin for standing their ground on this most heinous bullshit.
Obama can kiss my hairy ass at this point, he looks like all the other sell-outs that voted to destroy our civil rights and grant the fucking Telco’s immunity from civil lawsuits. That might also just be my usual kneejerk reaction but that said..I ain’t happy about his vote to sell the constitution and the rule of law down the fucking river.
Filched from BigAssBelle.
As expected, one of the more vocal and progressive Democrats has voiced outrage at the…cough..compromise coming to the floor tomorrow on the Telco immunity and fucking us all without kissing us first bill.
Russ Feingold had this to say via TPM:
“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration.”
No shit Russ. Speak it gringo! Patrick Leahy also sent out an email already about this happy horseshit compromise. In it he said:
I will oppose this new FISA bill when the Senate votes on it next week. We must do everything we can to protect Americans from the Bush-Cheney Administration’s erosion of our civil liberties and callous disregard for the rule of law — and this new FISA bill fails that test.
Fails? Patty, it does more than fail. It sets us back hundreds of facking years dude. Lip service..thats all we get. This bill will pass because the Rethugs are virtually certain to vote for it en mass along with all those worthless Blue Dogs..and Steny the fuckwit Hoyer too.