[Libs-Or] INFORMTION: Wiretap Bill Passes

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 11:56:48 PST 2012


Wiretap Bill Passes
Posted on December 28, 2012 by Jazzy Wright

Today, the Senate passed the re-authorization of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA), a bill that gives the National
Security Agency power to monitor the international phone calls and emails
of Americans. The American Library Association asked
supporters to contact their legislators to advocate for amendments that
would increase privacy protections to the law.

Prior to the vote on the provision, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul
(R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) asked for more time for the Senate to debate and
consider amendments that would increase privacy protections and add
transparency requirements.

The FAA is the 2008 law that, among other things, legalized the Bush
administration's warrant-less wiretapping program. As it did in 2008, ALA
opposed the warrantless wiretap program because the public is at risk of
being needlessly spied upon with little or no legal recourse, as the law
reads now.

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*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
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