Wednesday, August 8, 2007

FISA BS Part IV: "Terrorists"

This will be a short one.

The final lie I will address here about the "Protect America Act" is calculated to have you believe that only The Terrists are being targeted by the spying programs allowed under it. This could not be further from the truth.

The Act mentions nothing about Terrorists, or criminals, or threats, or anything of the kind. The only restriction that might have any bearing whatsoever on whose communications can be intercepted states only that "a significant purpose" of the interception should be to "obtain foreign intelligence information". Again, you don't need a fucking law degree to understand that this is only the most cursory and ambiguous requirement.

To reiterate, there is literally no restriction on who can be surveilled. None.

So to sum up: when you hear [asshats] bloviating about "this is only to spy on The Terrists", don't believe it. It is an outright lie.

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