Last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave a warning to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Big Brother is listening.
Kucinich was talking about the passage of H.R. 5949, a bill that extends the FISA Amendments Act for 5 more years, without any reform. Kucinich said,
“Think of what it’s like to make a phone call, any one of us right now. We make a phone call–even from this Capitol – to call a friend overseas, start talking about matters relating to what’s happening in America, what’s happening in the world. The way this law is written, without changes, those phone calls could be intercepted. They cannot only be intercepted, but they can be downloaded, transcribed, and stored for future use by the government. I have a problem with that. It’s a great concern. What happens is that everyone then becomes suspect when Big Brother is listening.
I don’t think that government should have the right to listen in to people’s phone calls unless there’s a warrant. You have to have probable cause. That’s what the Fourth Amendment is about. This bill doesn’t have those protections.”
The Senate has yet to pass legislation equivalent to H.R. 5949, so there is still time to for Americans who support the Bill of Rights to prevent the extension of the FISA Amendments Act from passing into law.