This is your bill of rights:
This is your bill of rights on the Senate floor July 9, 2008:
The bill that was supposed to protect us from terrorists allows the government to search our homes, our cars, our offices and keep searching them without a warrant until,… well, they have 7 days to tell the FISA court they are spying on you, then the FISA court has 30 days to review it and decide if it’s proper, then if it’s not proper the government has another 60 days to spy on you while they appeal it. In the meantime if they find what they’re looking for–and they don’t have to tell anyone what or who they are looking for–then they might stop on their own. Or not.
For those 97 days, no one is watching them to make sure they aren’t just targeting you because you are the wrong political party, or the wrong religion, or have a girlfriend or a boyfriend–or the other way round if you are gay–or maybe you have a blog that talks about tolerance and peace, or maybe they really meant to spy on the guy next door or someone with a similar name, and went into your house by mistake.
While they are watching you, no one is watching them.
That’s not supposed to happen. They should have a warrant.
Here’s the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution:
“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.”
What is the big problem with getting a warrant already? Someone explain to me how spying on Americans without a warrant is supposed to protect us.