Senate FISA Reauthorization Debate, Livetweeted by the Best

Here are live tweets from the 12/27/12 FISA Amendments Act reauthorization debate in the Senate. Gleaned from the smartest, best informed and snarkiest commentators. Enjoy. (And read these stories for background: http://privacysos.org/search/node/fisa)
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Michelle Richardson @Richardson_Mich
Sen @RonWyden reminds us that the freaking American Revolution was based in large part on warrantless searches.
Julian Sanchez @normative
Preach it @RonWyden. Pointing out that #FISA Amendments effectively creates general warrants, can be used to intercept Americans.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: This is exactly why founding fathers rose up against GB, exactly what Fourth Amendment meant to prevent.
emptywheel @emptywheel
This third party Wyden is talking about sounds like a winner. Pretty sure 100% of its members defend against civil liberties abuses.
emptywheel @emptywheel
11 of 13 Senators who got response on wiretapping from Clapper don't have staffers who can read classified attachments.
Julian Sanchez @normative
Stuff like this makes me feel like I'm taking crazy pills. Why is Wyden in the minority on this? How is this stuff not just common sense?
Michelle Richardson @Richardson_Mich
.@RonWyden points out 11/13 Senators did not have staff with high enough clearance to read FISA docs. 1/2
Julian Sanchez @normative
The debate in a nutshell: #FISA supporters say "nothing to see here this is only about foreigners, no spying on Americans"
Julian Sanchez @normative
So @RonWyden says: "OK, then no problem requiring a warrant before these powers are deliberately used to read Americans' e-mails, right?"
Michelle Richardson @Richardson_Mich
Me: Isolation of Sens/Reps is key to keeping these programs alive. Deny them access to professional advice; keep them misinformed.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: Americans expect govt to operate w/in boundaries of publicly understood law.
Julian Sanchez @normative
To which the response is... well, I haven't seen a real response, actually. But terrorists, so shut up!
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: People like James Otis and John Adams could publicly debate whether court upholding privacy rights.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: People should know what their govt thinks their Constitution ACTUALLY means. #RadicalHippie
Michelle Richardson @Richardson_Mich
Now Wyden talks secret law. This drives me crazy like no other thing. NO OTHER SINGLE THING. @SenJeffMerkley has amdt coming later on this
Julian Sanchez @normative
Wyden notes that the administration has ALREADY PROMISED to redact & declassify significant FISA opinions. Zero to date.
Julian Sanchez @normative
They HAVE acknowledged that FAA surveillance violated the 4th Amendment at least once. That sounds significant. Start with that one?
emptywheel @emptywheel
@normative Just missed that--what continues to occur?
Julian Sanchez @normative
@emptywheel "compliance issues" vaguely referenced in those 702 compliance reports.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: Govt officials describe handing (minimization) procedures in misleading ways.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden is effectively accusing Keith Alexander of lying.
emptywheel @emptywheel
Wyden: Privacy protects provided by minimization procedures simply not as strong as General Alexander made them out to be.
Julian Sanchez @normative
Crazy pills! RT @AdamSerwer Wyden on surveillance court decisions: "The law itself should never be secret." (This is controversial).
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