1:00 p.m. EDT, October 29, 2012
Has anyone else thought about what we would do if foreigners sent drones over our land to kill some bad guys but ended up killing lots of innocent people? Any patriot would naturally see that as unacceptable and retaliate any way we could. This no-brainer leads me to think that the U.S. is deliberately creating enemies to justify wars for oil and pipelines.
The military-industrial complex, which President Dwight Eisenhower warned us against, is forcing us into permanent war by funding politicians. Even President Barack Obama has increased the Pentagon budget while cutting necessary programs. That's why I am voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party for President. She has pledged not to take a penny from corporate handlers.
Richard J. Ochs, Baltimore
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October 29, 2012
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ACLU Tells Supreme Court FISA Surveillance Law Is Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON - October 29 - The Supreme Court heard arguments today in Clapper v. Amnesty International, to decide whether clients of the American Civil Liberties Union can challenge the constitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), enacted by Congress after the abuses of the 1960s and 70s, regulates the government’s conduct of intelligence surveillance inside the United States. It generally requires the government to seek warrants before monitoring Americans’ communications. In 2001, however, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to launch a warrantless wiretapping program, and in 2008 Congress ratified and expanded that program, giving the NSA almost unchecked power to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and emails.
Those potentially affected by the law include attorneys and human rights, labor, legal and media organizations whose work requires them to engage in sensitive and sometimes privileged telephone and e-mail communications with individuals located outside the United States.
Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, argued the case before the court this morning.
"We were pleased with today's argument. The court seemed appropriately skeptical of the government’s attempts to shield this sweeping surveillance law from meaningful judicial review,” Jaffer said. “The justices seemed appropriately sympathetic to lawyers, journalists and human rights researchers who are forced to take burdensome precautionary measures because of the law."
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
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