Congress Approves FISA For Another 5 Years

2012-12-28

Mike Gerwitz

At a vote of 73-23[0], Congress has voted to [extend FISA warentless spying bill by five more years[1], even shooting down proposed amendments[2] to the bill.[3]

Thank you to those senators that opposed the bill:[0]

Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Begich (D-AK) Bingaman (D-NM) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Coons (D-DE) Durbin (D-IL) Franken (D-MN) Harkin (D-IA) Leahy (D-VT) Lee (R-UT) Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR) Murkowski (R-AK) Murray (D-WA) Paul (R-KY) Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Tester (D-MT) Udall (D-CO) Udall (D-NM) Wyden (D-OR)
Unfortunately, the two senators from my own state cannot join that list.

The EFF has sumarized the surveillance issues of 2012[4] recently on their website.

[0] https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00236

[1] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/congress-disgracefully-approves-fisa-warrantless-eavesdropping-bill-five-more

[2] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/why-we-should-all-care-about-senates-vote-fisa-amendments-act-warrantless-domestic

[3] http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/as-senate-votes-on-warrantless-wiretapping-opponents-offer-fixes/

[4] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/2012-review-effs-fight-against-secret-surveillance-law