Last week the U.S. House of Representatives hastily and quietly passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 without the text of the bill even being posted on Thomas. The bill was rammed through the House under special rules that only permitted one hour of debate.
The bill would allow unlimited wiretapping without a warrant, searches of homes and offices without a warrant, and retroactive immunity for telecom corporations that have already used wiretaps in defiance of the law.
While the blogosphere went ballistic, the mainstream media remained eerily quiet.
The bill is now available to read, but for some reason there are now three versions. By the time the public can wade through this mess, it will be too late.
Are we ready for a KGB in America?