Warrantless Wiretapping, Part VIII   6 comments

Yes, the Senate passed the FISA amendments act. Here’s the voting record, from GovTrack:

Alabama

Aye AL Shelby, Richard [R]
No Vote AL Sessions, Jefferson [R]

Alaska

Aye AK Murkowski, Lisa [R]
Aye AK Stevens, Ted [R]

Arizona

Aye AZ Kyl, Jon [R]
No Vote AZ McCain, John [R]

Arkansas

Aye AR Lincoln, Blanche [D]
Aye AR Pryor, Mark [D]

California

Aye CA Feinstein, Dianne [D]
Nay CA Boxer, Barbara [D]

Colorado

Aye CO Allard, Wayne [R]
Aye CO Salazar, Ken [D]

Connecticut

Aye CT Lieberman, Joseph [I]
Nay CT Dodd, Christopher [D]

Delaware

Aye DE Carper, Thomas [D]
Nay DE Biden, Joseph [D]

Florida

Aye FL Martinez, Mel [R]
Aye FL Nelson, Bill [D]

Georgia

Aye GA Chambliss, C. [R]
Aye GA Isakson, John [R]

Hawaii

Aye HI Inouye, Daniel [D]
Nay HI Akaka, Daniel [D]

Idaho

Aye ID Craig, Larry [R]
Aye ID Crapo, Michael [R]

Illinois

Aye IL Obama, Barack [D]
Nay IL Durbin, Richard [D]

Indiana

Aye IN Bayh, B. [D]
Aye IN Lugar, Richard [R]

Iowa

Aye IA Grassley, Charles [R]
Nay IA Harkin, Thomas [D]

Kansas

Aye KS Brownback, Samuel [R]
Aye KS Roberts, Pat [R]

Kentucky

Aye KY Bunning, Jim [R]
Aye KY McConnell, Mitch [R]

Louisiana

Aye LA Landrieu, Mary [D]
Aye LA Vitter, David [R]

Maine

Aye ME Collins, Susan [R]
Aye ME Snowe, Olympia [R]

Maryland

Aye MD Mikulski, Barbara [D]
Nay MD Cardin, Benjamin [D]

Massachusetts

Nay MA Kerry, John [D]
No Vote MA Kennedy, Edward [D]

Michigan

Nay MI Levin, Carl [D]
Nay MI Stabenow, Debbie Ann [D]

Minnesota

Aye MN Coleman, Norm [R]
Nay MN Klobuchar, Amy [D]

Mississippi

Aye MS Cochran, Thad [R]
Aye MS Wicker, Roger [R]

Missouri

Aye MO Bond, Christopher [R]
Aye MO McCaskill, Claire [D]

Montana

Aye MT Baucus, Max [D]
Nay MT Tester, Jon [D]

Nebraska

Aye NE Hagel, Charles [R]
Aye NE Nelson, Ben [D]

Nevada

Aye NV Ensign, John [R]
Nay NV Reid, Harry [D]

New Hampshire

Aye NH Gregg, Judd [R]
Aye NH Sununu, John [R]

New Jersey

Nay NJ Lautenberg, Frank [D]
Nay NJ Menendez, Robert [D]

New Mexico

Aye NM Domenici, Pete [R]
Nay NM Bingaman, Jeff [D]

New York

Nay NY Clinton, Hillary [D]
Nay NY Schumer, Charles [D]

North Carolina

Aye NC Burr, Richard [R]
Aye NC Dole, Elizabeth [R]

North Dakota

Aye ND Conrad, Kent [D]
Nay ND Dorgan, Byron [D]

Ohio

Aye OH Voinovich, George [R]
Nay OH Brown, Sherrod [D]

Oklahoma

Aye OK Coburn, Thomas [R]
Aye OK Inhofe, James [R]

Oregon

Aye OR Smith, Gordon [R]
Nay OR Wyden, Ron [D]

Pennsylvania

Aye PA Casey, Robert [D]
Aye PA Specter, Arlen [R]

Rhode Island

Aye RI Whitehouse, Sheldon [D]
Nay RI Reed, John [D]

South Carolina

Aye SC DeMint, Jim [R]
Aye SC Graham, Lindsey [R]

South Dakota

Aye SD Johnson, Tim [D]
Aye SD Thune, John [R]

Tennessee

Aye TN Alexander, Lamar [R]
Aye TN Corker, Bob [R]

Texas

Aye TX Cornyn, John [R]
Aye TX Hutchison, Kay [R]

Utah

Aye UT Bennett, Robert [R]
Aye UT Hatch, Orrin [R]

Vermont

Nay VT Leahy, Patrick [D]
Nay VT Sanders, Bernard [I]

Virginia

Aye VA Warner, John [R]
Aye VA Webb, Jim [D]

Washington

Nay WA Cantwell, Maria [D]
Nay WA Murray, Patty [D]

West Virginia

Aye WV Rockefeller, John [D]
Nay WV Byrd, Robert [D]

Wisconsin

Aye WI Kohl, Herbert [D]
Nay WI Feingold, Russell [D]

Wyoming

Aye WY Barrasso, John [R]
Aye WY Enzi, Michael [R]

Unless and until this is overturned as unconstitutional, here is the nuts and bolts of the consequences:

The NSA is now legally funneling virtually every packet of voice or data communication that passes through the communications networks of the United States through data capturing and analysis tools, in real time.

This data is being analyzed by algorithms written to search for “suspicious” behavior. Currently, outside the NSA, there are maybe a couple dozen people who know what these algorithms are supposed to do. Probably, even inside the NSA, there is a tiny population of people who know what the algorithms actually do.

There is now one person in the United States (the Attorney General) who can declare outright that someone is worthy of advanced direct surveillance. There is no judicial oversight (contrary to the popular statements of several members of Congress) as the FISA court must accept this declaration at face value.

In the future, if this declaration is found to be based upon faulty reasoning (for example, if the algorithm flags you as a potential terrorist due to a bug and the AG elevates you to “person of interest”), any evidence gained by the active wiretapping of your communications is acceptable in a court of law.

Congratulations, my fellow Americans. You are now capable of being put on a terrorist watch list due to a software bug. And while I do believe that it is unlikely that this will stand up to a SCOTUS challenge, and equally unlikely that it will be abused horribly in the long run, I’m frankly utterly disgusted.

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Posted July 9, 2008 by padraic2112 in news, politics, security

6 responses to “Warrantless Wiretapping, Part VIII

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  1. Interesting. And, disgusting.

  2. Hillary! Hillary!!

    Damnit.

  3. Land of the ffffrrrreeeeee…..(?) and the home of the brave.

  4. 100 votes.

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