Bush-era Warrantless Phone Tapping on US Citizens Fo’Life!

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 28, 2012
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Update: President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government’s authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists. . . . The law does not apply to Americans. When Americans are targeted for surveillance, the government must get a warrant” (seattlepi.com)

Senate votes to continue Bush-era Warrantless Phone Tapping on US Citizens.

We all freak (as we should) when Facebook effs with our Privacy Settings or Instagram messes with Terms of Service. This is 1,000x worse.

My President Obama better veto this crap. Word on the street is he’s down with it, now:


“Four years ago, in the midst of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, an identical version of the bill was the subject of a highly contentious debate in the Senate. Obama and others argued then that Bush’s program went too far in violating Americans’ privacy. This year, with a supportive Obama in the Oval Office and the media focus on the fiscal cliff, the bill was renewed with much less attention.”


Let’s make some noooiisisiisoise!

The Press Erupts When Facebook Changes a Privacy Setting. When Congress Reauthorizes FISA (Renewing Warrantless Wiretapping)? Crickets. ~ Daily Kos

By a vote of 73 to 23, the US Senate just voted for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens until 2017. ~ Gizmodo.


WTF to my Senator Michael Bennett? I thought you were one of the good guys!?

Since our representatives swear to uphold our Constitution, and since overriding Constitutional protections requires a Constitutional amendment, doesn’t this vote constitute treason? Serious question.

For more:

Why We Should All Care About Today’s Senate Vote on the FISA Amendments Act, the Warrantless Domestic Spying Bill




Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 5949 )
Vote Number: 236 Vote Date: December 28, 2012, 10:05 AM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: H.R. 5949 (FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 )
Measure Title: A bill to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years.
Vote Counts: YEAs 73
NAYs 23
Not Voting


Akaka (D-HI), Nay
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Brown (R-MA), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Not Voting
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schatz (D-HI), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Bush-era Warrantless Phone Tapping on US Citizens Fo’Life!”

  1. Smith_Scott says:

    Get over the party affections. It's all a ruse to divide and conquer. They all work for the same operatives: corporations, the central bank and the shadow authorities.

  2. karlsaliter says:

    oy. Yes, W, looks like treason from over here.

  3. Mr.Science says:

    Obama will sign the bill. He will probably say something bullshitty about how he doesn’t want to, just like he did about the indefinite detention clause in the NDAA, which you have never bothered to acknowledge.
    They all play for the same team.
    Raygun, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Clinton, Romney. . .
    The police state aint going away.
    Next steps 1)Grab the guns 2) accelerate economic collapse.
    or you could stop pretending Obama cares about you and get with the program.
    They can be stopped, but not until we all wake up just a wee bit more.
    Tea Party (before being co-opted), Occupy Wallstreet, Same Damn Team. Only quibble, it isn’t the 1% that is the problem, it is the .1%
    History doesn’t lie, you will start to see the same names everywhere.
    Obama is not your friend.

  4. lighthasmass says:

    Bush only greased the skids for Obama. It is amazing how folks bitched and moaned about Dubya and his policies, yet praised and cheered Obama when he carried out the exact same policies. Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Willful ignorance methinks.

  5. Mr.Science says:

    This story will paint a little bit of the picture. Federal agencies, under Obama. The only difference between him and Bush. . . He has an easier time getting away with it.