No no no no no no no!
I can’t comprehend why this isn’t an issue Congress can’t get together on. For me, this is one of those things I cannot understand why anyone would support it. I get the reasons they give “catch bad guys and catch terrorists”. Yes, you can do that. But the cost is too high. When I weigh out catching bad guys against the value of civil liberties and rights I can honestly say I would rather let a few bad guys go.
“Having come to the realization there may be little hope for renewing the warrantless surveillance program known as Section 702 by the end of the month, Trump administration attorneys now contend there’s a legal basis for continuing the program through next April, despite the widely held assumption it would expire come New Year’s Day.”
Of course I understand that any politician won’t see things the same way. If a terrorist attack happens on their watch, then they get the blame for it. people die and everyone feels the pain and fear of that. For a moment their decide their civil liberties aren’t worth what they are seeing around them. That’s an understandable reaction. However, it isn’t a reasonable one.
“Critics of Section 702 point out that, while the law prohibits the targeting of US citizens, the program regularly results in the collection of innocent Americans’ communications.”
The Constitution requires a warrant and it requires that the warrant state specifically who or what, and where. Not to do so gives the government power to enter your home, take your stuff, and not describe exactly why, or what. This isn’t just hyperbole either, nor a scare tactic. It’s reality based on what we’ve seen historically and what we’ve seen occur right here in America when our rights are not respected.
I support law enforcement, it’s a function we need in our society, but I hold their feet to the fire when it comes to doing the job right. The job cannot be done right when it rests on a sandy foundation rather than a Constitutional one. From federal enforcement to your local cop on the street, that is the ultimate basis for the work they do.
“That the program allows government officials to read the content of Americans’ private communications without a warrant has long been a point of contention among privacy advocates—and certain lawmakers. Earlier this year, Sen. Ron Wyden pressed Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), to confirm whether or not the government believes the program authorizes intelligence agencies to collect communications they know to be entirely domestic. That’s classified, he said. ”
Funny how the government claims the right to privacy while at the same time denying it to the average American.
Having come to the realization there may be little hope for renewing the warrantless surveillance program known as Section 702 by the end of the month, Trump administration attorneys now contend there’s a legal basis for continuing the program through next April, despite the widely held assumption it would expire come New Year’s Day.