Jason Mick, writer for dailytech.com, discusses his article “Obama Admin. Fights to Renew Warrantless Wiretaps, Block Transparency;” the government abuses of the 1960s and 70s that led to FISA’s creation; why the US Senate is not privy to, and has effectively no oversight of, rampant Executive department wiretapping; the Bush administration’s “telecom immunity” deal that bought the silence of Verizon and AT&T; data mining “categories” instead of the digital records of individual suspects; and why, in spite of increasing government surveillance of private citizens, videotaping an on-duty cop beating up a homeless guy is often an arrestable offense.

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