Under cover of redressing what President Donald Trump and his allies call the FBI’s “witch hunt” over (Mike Flynn’s) collusion with the Kremlin, Mitch McConnell, via an amendment to the PATRIOT Act, will expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Versions of the amendments circulating Monday were shared with The Daily Beast…
“Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,” said Senator Ron Wyden, who has been trying to ban warrantless surveillance on such records.
Here we are, heading back into the McCarthy Era, again, under the misleadership of the Republican Cowards Party. Again.
Wearing this flag as a mask doesn’t mean you’re not a thief
“The Administration literally wants working people to decide whether they prefer to put food on the table now or when they retire. Meanwhile, wealthy corporations and individuals continue to reap billions from the 2017 tax breaks and even billions more in bailouts and tax cuts from the recent pandemic stimulus legislation.
“The federal government should be helping everyone weather this crisis, not just the rich and well connected. But this administration has repeatedly shown it is bound and determined to use the pandemic as an excuse to slash Social Security benefits and gut the Social Security system. Whether it’s eliminating Social Security’s dedicated funding stream by cutting the payroll tax or asking people to ‘voluntarily’ forgo the retirement benefits they have earned over decades, the result is less retirement security for all.
No doubt some of the fools who voted for Trump will also think this is a great idea. I know of a bridge in Brooklyn they can buy for very little money that is just as sound an economic offer. Guaranteed to provide them with the sort of retirement security – they deserve.