FISA 702 faces judgment in Congress. @ThadMcCotter @AndrewCMcCarthy

04-17-2017 (Photo: This is a corner of the KGB wiretapping room at the KGB Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. The three machines at the centre of the picture are loop recorders with cassette decks. These delayed the audio for a few seconds so that if the operator heard something interesting they could start recording from the delayed audio and thus capture the few seconds before the cassette actually started. ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow FISA 702 faces judgment in Congress. @ThadMcCotter @AndrewCMcCarthy Flash-forward a couple of centuries. The Fourth Amendment’s words are still the same, but the paradigm has shifted. Now we permit the government to seize first and search later. That is, we let government intelligence agents obtain evidence without cause. The caveat is that they will just hold it in a database, they won’t analyze it unless and until there is cause. The courts no longer determine whether the government may obtain the evidence in the first place; they merely endorse and kinda-sorta police the “seize now, search later” arrangement — under which the government is granted such broad discretion to analyze what it has obtained that the judicial protection seems illusory. Read more at:

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