View Full Version : Giving Government Permanent Authority To Spy on Everyone in America

08-26-2019, 06:48 AM
by Andrew P. Napolitano Posted onAugust 26, 2019

While most of us have been thinking about the end of summer and while the political class frets over the Democratic presidential debates and the aborted visit of two members of Congress to Israel, the Trump administration has quietly moved to extend and make permanent the government’s authority to spy on all persons in America.

The president, never at a loss for words, must have been asked by the intelligence community he once reviled not to address these matters in public.

These matters include the very means and the very secret court about which he complained loud and long during the Mueller investigation. Now, he wants to be able to unleash permanently on all of us the evils he claims were visited upon him by the Obama-era FBI and by his own FBI. What’s going on?

Here is the backstory.

After the lawlessness of Watergate had been exposed – a president spying on his political adversaries without warrants in the name of national security – Congress enacted in 1978 the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It prescribed a means for surveillance other than that which the Constitution requires.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution – written in the aftermath of British soldiers and agents using general warrants obtained from a secret court in London to spy on whomever in the colonies they wished and to seize whatever they found – was ratified as part of the Bill of Rights to limit the government’s ability to intrude upon the privacy of all persons, thereby prohibiting those procedures used by the British.

Thus, we have the constitutional requirements that no searches and seizures can occur without a warrant issued by a judge based on a showing, under oath, of probable cause of crime. The courts have uniformly characterized electronic surveillance as a search.

I am not addressing eyesight surveillance on a public street. I am addressing electronic surveillance wherever one is when one sends or receives digital communications. FISA is an unconstitutional congressional effort to lower the standards required by the Fourth Amendment from probable cause of crime to probable cause of foreign agency.

Can Congress do that? Can it change a provision of the Constitution? Of course not. If it could, we wouldn’t have a Constitution.

It gets worse.

The court established by FISA – that’s the same court that President Donald Trump asserts authorized spying on him in 2015 and 2016 – has morphed the requirement of probable cause of being a foreign agent to probable cause of communicating with a foreign person as the standard for authorizing surveillance.


08-26-2019, 07:17 AM

08-26-2019, 07:29 AM
President swamp will support, as this is what president swamp must do.

Besides, what would a session in "room 101" be without proper surveillance?

08-26-2019, 07:38 AM
Doesn't the judge know about "they?" "They" want to kill us. "They" want to take our wealth. "They" want to replace us with "they."

The government is the only thing standing between us and "they." We cannot possibly consider reducing the size or power of government now, when "they" are on our very doorstep.

Maybe in the future, when there is no more "they," we can reconsider.

Anti Globalist
08-26-2019, 07:45 AM
The government will continue to spy on everyone and nobody is going to put a stop to it.

Slave Mentality
08-26-2019, 07:49 AM
I am sure a resident shyll will have some stupid shit to say about this.

Hillary would have agents living in our houses by now? Diseased Commie Invaders will only make this worse? This will be fixed once the (R)s get the Senate back? Can't wait!

This guy has been no better for liberty than any of the other psycos chosen for the job.