THERE IS NO 4TH AMENDMENT! How Long Will it Take the American People to Notice? Does Anyone Even Care?

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 8:52am.

Skull and Bones member, war criminal and traitor George W. Bush recently signed HR 6304 or the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 into law that effectively makes the Fourth Amendment null and void.

The new law disregards the protections guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment and allows the government to spy on people without a warrant so long as the government reasonably believes that they are gathering information on somebody from a foreign country.

The government can reasonably believe whatever they want and not have to provide probable cause supported by an oath or affirmation to obtain a warrant before they engage in spying activities. It gives them a blank check to spy on whoever they please. It also eliminates any sort of oversight in the intelligence gathering process, and this is a dangerous proposition. The law also gives immunity to telecommunication companies from lawsuits pertaining to their prior cooperation in the unlawful spying programs implemented by the government.

As expected, Bush and the supporters of this newly passed law are using the bogus excuse of the war on terror to undermine civil liberties. The terror war as has been documented time and time again is a fraud designed to setup a police state, justify illegal foreign wars and destroy the rule of law. The only reason there has been such a hurry to get this legislation passed into law is so Bush's buddies in these Fortune 100 companies won't get sued over their felonious activity. 

The ACLU is already planning to challenge the legality of this new law. Here's what the lead attorney from the ACLU had to say about this new law.

The law lets government "conduct intrusive surveillance without ever telling a court who it intends to surveil, what phone lines and e-mail addresses it intends to monitor, where its surveillance targets are located, or why it's conducting the surveillance," said ACLU national security director Jameel Jaffer, the lead attorney in the suit.

Let's take a look at the text of the Fourth Amendment.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment requires that a warrant be issued only upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation. This law gives the federal government power to conduct surveillance without a warrant which means that it is unconstitutional and should be immediately thrown out by the judiciary. Amazingly the law itself references the Fourth Amendment several times even though it contains language that directly contradicts it.

It essentially says that the government can spy on people without a warrant so long as it is reasonably believed you aren't spying on an American citizen. It also states that this sort of spying activity should be conducted in a manner consistent with the Fourth Amendment. This is ridiculous as the government cannot conduct the type of spying that is authorized in this law while conducting it in a manner consistent with the Fourth Amendment. It is a total contradiction.

Even though the ACLU is far from a perfect group, they do have the Constitution on their side. This new law is entirely unconstitutional and it should be thrown out. Hopefully the ACLU will succeed in accomplishing this. One thing is for sure, Bush and the gaggle of traitors in Congress that supported the passage of this bill into law should be thrown out of office immediately.

If the war on terror is real, how come the nation's borders are wide open and Bush does nothing about the terrorist attacks currently taking place on the U.S.-Mexico border? Why does the Bush administration need to spy on people without a warrant, when they are not concerned with dangerous activity taking place in our own backyard? It is entirely hypocritical for Bush to use the phony terror war to justify the passage of this unlawful legislation. If he really wanted to stop terrorism a good first step would be for him to order the CIA otherwise known as the Cocaine Importing Agency to stop staging terrorist attacks. This new law is a bunch of garbage. It does not help fight terrorism and it does not protect civil liberties as Bush claims. Quite frankly, this new law sucks.

 Lee Rogers - July 11, 2008 - source

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 8:52am.