When is the last time the Senate passed anything with 73 votes? Well the same Senate that can’t agree on a way to prevent millions of Americans from paying higher taxes and losing their unemployment benefits come January 1st has voted 73-23 to renew the Bush-era warrantless wiretapping portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008.
The US Senate has voted to approve the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, which will authorize warrantless surveillance of Americans for counter-terrorism purposes for another five years. The bill extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, which granted retroactive immunity for wiretaps and email monitoring under the Bush Administration and created a framework for future warrant-free surveillance as long as one party is located outside the US and terrorism is suspected.
And if you think it’s just the Senate working in a bi-partisan manner to take away our rights, the House passed the same bill back in September by a 301-118 vote.