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Friday, September 18, 2009

Obama Seeks to Continue Federal Wiretapping Under Patriot Act

Even though President Obama voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act as a senator in 2006, he was opposed to provisions in the Patriot Act granting the FBI (and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies) powers for warrantless surveillance. Critics say that such provisions in the Patriot Act have the effect of nullifying certain rights guaranteed to US citizens under the Constitution of the United States (most notably the right to privacy). Now, as President, Obama seeks to continue those provisions which he himself voted against less than four years ago. Obama even goes further by taking the position that the Federal Government is immune to lawsuits stemming from warrantless wiretapping. We need to tell our Democratic leaders that there is not enough of a difference between them and their Republican counterparts. A government spying on its own citizens is the first sign of a fascist state. It is time to drop the draconian Patriot Act and restore the Bill of Rights. Let your government representatives know that you are in favor of restoring freedom and democracy by repealing the Patriot Act: Send them a letter now!

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