Tim Ferriss interviews Daniel Ellsberg, the man who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, the amendment that will allow the government to spy on American citizens without a warrant — as well as provide retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies who illegally allowed American security agencies like the NSA to listen to conversations of American citizens. A vote tomorrow in Congress will authorize these changes, although Senators Feingold and Dodd have fought back against the proposed extension of FISA.
Senator Obama had once been a strong ally in the fight against FISA, but recently changed his position. Ferriss recommends joining the My.BarackObama.com group against FISA to send a message to Senator Obama, as well as contacting your Senator and expressing your opinion.
If it were not already obvious, I would suggest doing either or both. FISA is an insidious bill. There are mechanisms in place to allow domestic spying when necessary; there is absolutely no need to allow the spying without a proper warrants. I’ve done both. It took about 60 seconds.
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