Part of George W. Bush's legacy are laws that allow our government to trample our constitutional rights in the name of "national security."
First, after 9/11, there was the PATRIOT Act, which threw open the door to massive government spying. Then there was the FISA Amendment Act of 2008, which gave retroactive immunity to the telecoms that aided Bush's illegal wiretapping program.
The FISA Amendments Act also allowed government spy agencies to suck up and store vast amounts of electronic information about people on foreign soil who don't enjoy constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure afforded to American citizens.
In practice, however, loopholes in the law also allow massive amounts of warrantless spying on innocent Americans.
Progressive champion Sen. Jeff Merkley is trying to change that and rein in intelligence programs that are spying on Americans. And this week he introduced the Protect America's Privacy Act (S. 3515) to do just that.
I just signed a petition telling my senators to co-sponsor Sen. Merkley's Protect America's Privacy Act to end warrantless spying on Americans. I hope you will, too.
You can find the petition and more information at the link below.