Are the Bill of Rights dead?
I'm beginning to think it is since the never ending gift of 9/11. Since then we have lost most of the First Amendment, the Third, definitely the Fourth and what is left of the 4th is taking another hit if congress passes the legislation that they are contemplating.
Critics say the bill, which could be pushed through Congress this week, would enable U.S. authorities to skirt Fourth Amendment rights to collect Americans' data and use it against them
Civil libertarians and digital rights advocates are alarmed about an "insidious" and "dangerous" piece of federal legislation that the ACLU warns "threatens activists abroad, individuals here in the U.S., and would empower Attorney General Sessions in new disturbing ways."
The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data or CLOUD Act (S. 2383 and H.R. 4943), as David Ruiz at Electronic Fronteir Foundation (EFF) explains, would establish a "new backdoor for cross-border data [that] mirrors another backdoor under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, an invasive NSA surveillance authority for foreign intelligence gathering" recently reauthorized by Congress.
Ruiz outlines how the legislation would enable U.S. authorities to bypass Fourth Amendment rights to obtain Americans' data and use it against them:
The CLOUD Act allows the president to enter an executive agreement with a foreign nation known for human rights abuses. Using its CLOUD Act powers, police from that nation inevitably will collect Americans' communications. They can share the content of those communications with the U.S. government under the flawed "significant harm" test. The U.S. government can use that content against these Americans. A judge need not approve the data collection before it is carried out. At no point need probable cause be shown. At no point need a search warrant be obtained.
Remember when we were told that congress had to pass the FISA bill so that our intelligence agencies could keep us safe from the newest boogie man, Osama bin Laden and his Merry Men Al Qaida? We were told that it wouldn't be used against anyone here in the USA unless we were talking to someone over the pond. How did that work out for us? Yeah, not so well.
The #CLOUDAct threatens your privacy—but big tech companies want Congress to rush it into law. Sign the petition to tell your lawmakers to keep the CLOUD Act OUT of the must-pass omnibus bill: https://t.co/3FE3xVjw9H pic.twitter.com/CmzVsl8rm1
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) March 17, 2018
BTW the way, Israel is trying to get congress to make Al Jazeera register as a foreign news organization because they have been investigating Israel and they found information that Israel has been spying on us, on congress and everyone who is in the government.
However, we are supposed to be protected by the 4th amendment right now and yet that has been going on for some time. And remember that in the 2012 NDAA that was passed during the Obama administration, there is a clause that states that the military can arrest us and hold us indefinitely without a trial or access to a lawyer. This can be done on the president's order. The ACLU warned us that even if Obama didn't do that there might be a president who would. Imagine what Trump could do to his enemies. The democrats keep telling us that we can't trust Trump and yet they gave him more power to spy on us and now they are considering giving him this legislation. Oh yeah, Habeaus Corpus is still rescinded.
The McRestistence doesn't seem to be working very well for us.