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Any government surveillance that captures, analyzes and stores patterns of communications such as phone records, or e-mail and website addresses, is no longer considered surveillance.
Repeals the provision of federal law that puts a time limit on the government's wartime powers to conduct warrantless wiretapping and physical searches against Americans.
Allows the attorney general, or anyone he or she designates, to authorize widespread domestic spying, such as monitoring all instant-messaging systems in the country, so long as the government promises to delete anything not terrorism-related.
Moves all court challenges to the NSA surveillance program to a secretive court in Washington, D.C., ...Only government lawyers would be allowed in the courtroom.
Allows the government to get warrants for surveillance programs as a whole, instead of having to describe to a judge the particular persons to be monitored and the methods to be used
The president's measure would go further than the Senate package in allowing classified evidence to be withheld from defendants in terror trials, using coerced testimony and protecting U.S. interrogators against prosecution for using methods that violate the Geneva Conventions.
(from above article)
"The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism," Powell, a retired general who is also a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a letter.
Powell said that Bush's bill, by redefining the kind of treatment the Geneva Conventions allow, "would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."
Prosecutors would be able to present evidence to the tribunal that would be kept secret from the defense and could use hearsay and coerced confessions against defendants.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
If you don't vote, you'll be doing exactly what they want you to be doing.
Originally posted by twitchy
Originally posted by Baack
This really only one way to combat this.
I'm afraid that voting is no longer a legitimate engine of change either. www.abovetopsecret.com...
Originally posted by El Che
I'm truly afraid now how can we stop this voting is not a viable opinion any more and who watching the watchers this is badddddddddd really bad.
Originally posted by Baack
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
Seems like your just about to become a victim to the biggest most far reaching surveillance system on the earth folks.
They have it going through the system, and once this is law, you will have no privacy in any communications you make, or inside your home if you even raise half a blip on their 'suspects' radar.
unlimited internal surveillance, unlimited wire taps, constant monitoring of all internet and phones...
Oh how it must feel to be sat in the middle of the biggest emerging police state on the face of the planet.
We in the UK shouldn't feel so smug, as if its going down in the USA, you can sure bet a pound to a penny its going to happen here.
Originally posted by redfox2
SOMEONE IN THIS THREAD URGED US TO VOTE. WELL, I VOTED FOR GORE THE FIRST TIME, AND I VOTED FOR KERRY THE SECOND TIME. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO VOTED FOR BUSH, YOU DESERVE WHATEVER HAPPENS TO YOU AND THIS COUNTRY. MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAN.