There’s good news and bad news. The good news is the House passing a
bill to outlaw the illegal domestic wiretapping like the NSA was doing.
The bad news is that it still has to pass the Senate and then be signed
by the President. Given the level of cooperation we haven’t seen between
those branches of govt, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it to
become law.

The even worse news is that I actually find myself in agreement with the
ACLU and that’s really a rarity, but the simple fact is that just
because somebody raises the "National Security" flag does NOT mean what
they want to do is right OR ok.

Bill
Bans NSA Eavesdropping

An anonymous reader writes "The US house of representatives today
passed a bill outlawing illegal domestic wiretapping by the
government. Now government agencies are only allowed to access your
private communications under terms of FISA. ‘As the Senate Report
noted, FISA "was designed . . . to curb the practice by which the
Executive Branch may conduct warrantless electronic surveillance on
its own unilateral determination that national security justifies it."
The Bill ends plans by the Bush Administration that would give the NSA
the freedom to pry into the lives of ordinary Americans. The ACLU
noted that, despite many recent hearings about ‘modernization’ and
‘technology neutrality,’ the administration has not publicly provided
Congress with a single example of how current FISA standards have
either prevented the intelligence community from using new
technologies, or proven unworkable for the agents tasked with
following them.’"

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