U.S. President George W. Bush won final congressional approval on Wednesday of a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that took part in the warrantless domestic spying program he began after the September 11 attacks. The measure shields those firms from potentially billions of dollars in damages from privacy lawsuits implements the biggest overhaul of U.S. spy laws in three decades. On a vote of 69-28, the Senate approved the measure, previously passed by the House of Representatives, and prepared to send the legislation to Bush to sign into law.
With Bush’s term set to end in January, the vote marked perhaps one his final triumphs on Capitol Hill but drew a firestorm of criticism from civil liberties groups. – reuters
What?! Obama voted for Bush style warrantless spying? See, told you. Reptilian.
The spying was started way before 9/11. I’m so sick of lies. After all this press the “terrorists” know “the government” is listening to every word. They aren’t going to be talking about their plans on phones. Therefore, the only thing this spying bill is good for is permitting spying on citizens.
The possibilities for profit are quite impressive. Amazing advantages in the stock market, for example! Do you trust govt. officials? I think most are honest, but American taxpayers also pay over $480,000 each year to Congressmen convicted of a felony. Did you know there have been spies which have gone undetected for years in high places like the FBI? A US spy network might be cracked and utilized by the Russian mob, Chinese spammer gangs, etc.
Anyway, privacy, the way I see it, is not essential to life, but it is a big part of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
ECHELON intercept station at Menwith Hill, England
No, it started a few weeks after Bush took office — a time when the Bush administration was ignoring the terrorist threat. So it was about something else, and was a high enough priority to plan out during the transition. (Can you say “political spying?”) No, it started a few weeks after Bush took office — a time when the Bush administration was ignoring the terrorist threat. So it was about something else, and was a high enough priority to plan out during the transition. (Can you say “political spying?”) – opednews
It happened before Bush too. See Echelon.