After years of tangling with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), civil liberties activists seemed to have her onboard with their fight to curtail the vast warrantless surveillance program exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
They were optimistic Tuesday when she headed into a major vote over whether to impose new restrictions on the government monitoring.
However the Los Angeles Times reports that the Police State loving Feinstein screwed privacy advocates and cast a crucial vote in favor of leaving the program largely unchanged for the next six years.
Feinstein’s vote crushed a growing movement in the Senate for more privacy protections. She was one of 18 Democrats and one independent who caucuses with Democrats who voted to shut down consideration of major changes to the program.
Privacy activists (i.e. people who have read and understand the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) are now accusing those lawmakers of betrayal.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he opposes “government listening to your phone calls, reading your emails or reading your text messages without a warrant.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) warned that the warrant requirements in the measure poised for passage “are filled with loopholes that any biased government agent can exploit.”