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Congress is again ignoring the Fourth Amendment

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:00 am

Please read Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights: "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."

The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law by former U.S. President George W. Bush to enable intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance without having to obtain court approvals. Good-bye, Fourth Amendment.

I think they did it because they do not want to listen to American citizens tell them how to do their job. Just let the warnings to Bush prior to 9/11 be your guide.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit seeking details about government surveillance of Americans homes, email and telephone calls. There have been millions of dollars in settlements so far because this is true — even as TSA agents grope our grandparents and children at airports. It seems government can do whatever they want these days.

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted today to approve the FISA extension by five years. Again, Republicans and Democrats lead the way to taking away citizens' rights in the name of so-called terror.

You are slowly losing your rights while you argue about which party is better. The reality is it's "us" versus "them." Vote them all out before it is too late!

Jerry Bransom

Lodi

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