The NSA is capturing large amounts of data, including data about Americans, under supposed authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as amended by the U.S. Patriot Act. Now a declassified 2011 ruling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reveals that the NSA had been violating the Fourth Amendment from 2008 to 2011 in collecting purely domestic communications in its sweep of data. Thus, the secret court established to protect our constitutional rights from overly intrusive government acts ruled those acts unconstitutional but no one thought it necessary to reveal the breach or court rejection to the public. Many are concerned but others are rather blasé about this revelation.
NOTHING IS UN-WISER THAN TO PUT YOUR FAITH IN FISA
(To tune of “Carolina in the Morning,” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson).
Nothing is un-wiser, than to put your faith in FISA,
I am warning:
You’re on their horizon, if your cell phone’s with Verizon
They may snatch your email,
In case you’d hatch a plot.
Whether male or female,
If you’re a threat or not.
For you’ve been on their menu, if Yahoo’s your e-mail venue,
Stop your yawning.
They’d plant a bug beside-ya, ‘cause you might be with al Qaeda
Is it dawning
On you: that their spying on you?
Privacy? Well, kiss that adieu.
Nothing is un-wiser than to put your faith in FISA-
Heed my warning!
Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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