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This week, the United States House of Representatives narrowly voted to gut the Fourth Amendment by rejecting an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have prohibited the government from using Section 215 of the "Patriot" Act to justify the National Security Agency's dragnet surveillance of Americans without suspicion or probable cause that a crime has been or is about to be committed. The vote was 217 to 205 against the amendment, which drew support from a coalition of libertarian-minded Republicans and traditional liberal Democrats. As John Conyers, a very liberal Democrat from Michigan who co-sponsored the amendment with the far right libertarian Justin Amash said after the vote, which was preceded by intense pressure from the NSA and the White House, "the lobbying was heavy. They were very worried about it."
They ought to be worried. The NSA, the White House, and the Congressional leadership of both parties who supported this unprecedented attack on American civil liberties needs to be afraid. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Those responsible will be held accountable.
You can read more here: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07…