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Government Spying Out of Control
Reason, by Andrew Napolitano

Original Article

Posted By:zoidberg, 12/13/2012 8:47:10 AM

After President Richard Nixon was forced from office in 1974, congressional investigators discovered what they believed was the full extent of his use of the FBI and the CIA to engage in domestic spying. In that pre-digital era, the spying consisted of listening to telephone calls, opening mail, and using undercover agents to infiltrate political organizations and, as we know, break into their offices. (Snip) But many Americans did complain to Congress, which in 1978 enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, commonly called FISA. FISA provided that all domestic surveillance be subject to the search warrant requirement of the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/13/2012 9:06:28 AM     (No. 9063138)

When you´ve got a lawless Administration, like currently, FISA and the Patriot Act are completely irrelevant.+


Reply 2 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/13/2012 9:41:52 AM     (No. 9063219)

Dictatorship.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 12/13/2012 10:59:42 AM     (No. 9063386)

That is why I am so brazen about the things I say. Buy guns y´all. Choose a side. Politics is not the answer. Are you all fools?


Reply 4 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/13/2012 11:07:57 AM     (No. 9063407)

This ought to be a huge issue for Republicans. Sadly, all they´ve done since Bush is enable more and more government spying... even through the Obama years it´s about the only thing they agree with him on.



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