Friday, June 20th, 2008 | Author:

Hard as it may be to believe, Congressional leaders in Washington have sold the 4th Amendment for $95 million. You remember, the one that’s supposed to protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures? Well, not any more.

According to the Washington Post, “the agreement extends the government’s ability to eavesdrop on espionage and terrorism suspects while effectively providing a legal escape hatch for AT&T, Verizon Communications and other telecom firms. They face more than 40 lawsuits that allege they violated customers’ privacy rights by helping the government conduct a warrantless spying program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”

As I understand the bill of sale, by ignoring the 4th amendment and giving Bush the authority to eavesdrop on whoever he wants, the war spending bill of $162 billion now includes an extra $95 billion of domestic spending to make the democrats happy before the election. More important, the 40-plus lawsuits now pending against telecoms would be tossed if they can show a judge a piece of paper that Bush told them it was legal.

The Bill of Rights looks like swiss cheese.

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