Unchecked power will be abused.
What’s really disturbing is that this isn’t unchecked power. Like, there’s an actual process, and an application, and, supposedly, a review. But the FISA Court just fucking approves everything. So the check isn’t working. And we see this in regular courts, too, where requests for search warrants are also often just rubber stamped. Warrant requests are rarely denied in any court.
Lately the Republicans are, for a change, actually leaning towards (or at least publicly saying they’re for) not renewing Section 702, particularly because the MAGA wing is upset by the realization that government surveillance powers could used against them.
As always if you want to know what the right is up to, just look at what they are accusing everyone else of doing.
What? They’ve seen a leopard they think might eat faces?
[…] one U.S. Senator “improperly” surveilled 702 times
Wait, is 702 the number of the act or the number of times one Senator was improperly surveilled?
“… overthrowing the Constitution is not a crime”
Matt Gaetz, terribly upset, downright outraged that the FBI used 702 for
“surveilling left-wing domestic groups, such as Black Lives Matter and George Floyd rioters, Americans present at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and donors to congressional campaigns”.
Note his referring to BLM and George Floyd protesters as “rioters” and J6 insurrectionists as simply “present in the U.S. Capitol.” Even in trying to pretend an equal, non-partisan outrage, he can’t help but do his usual bullshit.
“… I am outraged that criminals cannot always get away with their crimes just by donating to my re-election campaign”
Additional information and plenty of links:
(But no oneboxing all of a sudden.)
If it’s Ted Cruz it’s justified.
He was in Mexico, so it’s allowed. /s
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