Phillies on FISA

Perhaps partially in response to DailyKos, Libertarian presidential hopeful George Phillies is addressing the FISA issue:

Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies today condemned the Bush Administration for attacking the Constitution. “Warrantless wiretaps of American citizens are felonies,” Phillies said. “There is no legal or Constitutional basis for extended warrantless searches of any kind. That’s exactly what the Bush Administration did.”

Beginning after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, DC, the Bush Administration authorized the NSA to monitor telephone, email and text messaging involving any party the NSA believes to be to be outside the U.S., even if the other side of the conversation is in the U.S.

“Warrantless wiretaps are a police state tactic,” Phillies said. “Its advocates are disloyal to our country. They’ve turned their backs on the Bill of Rights.”

The fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects Americans against unreasonable search and seizure. Specifically, it says that the people shall be “secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects,” and requires very specific warrants granted upon probable cause for their search or seizure.

Senator Chris Dodd’s filibuster in December temporarily delayed a revision to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill that would not only have allowed secret courts the power to approve aspects of surveillance but would have granted telecom companies retroactive immunity for their cooperation with the Bush administration in past warrantless wiretapping activities.

“The Democratic party, by delaying action on the FISA Bill, has taken a weak first step toward restoring the Constitution,” said George Phillies. “America waited years for that step. That’s too slow! Only the Libertarian Party will restore our Constitutional liberties during our lifetimes.
“If elected, I will appoint a corps of special prosecutors to see that persons who committed warrantless searches are given fair trials and, if found guilty, sent to prison. Fortunately, the war on drugs has given us an absurdly huge prison system, so relocating the thousands of government officials and private persons who were apparently involved in this criminal conspiracy against every American to Club Fed for substantial terms will not require new prison construction.”

Editor’s note: While George Phillies is getting a disproportionate amount of coverage at TPW, it is not because I’m a Libertarian or support George Phillies (which I don’t at this time). The reason for the coverage is because Phillies has a media coordinator who frequently sends me releases and the candidate calls me periodically to let me know what’s going on with his campaign. If other third party (of any ideology) or independent campaigns would like the same level of coverage, simple let someone at TPW know or use [email protected] I’ve requested placement on the media lists of most of the larger third party or independent campaigns, but get more from Phillies than the rest of the campaigns combined.

6 Responses to “Phillies on FISA”

  1. Susan Hogarth Says:

    “I will appoint a corps of special prosecutors…”

    Ooooh, First-Against-the-Wall time. I love this game!

    Viva la rev

    Hogarth for LNC:
    http://www.colliething.com/lnc

  2. jp Says:

    complete lie, they are constitutional and these type of things have been done since George Washington’s day. They are “International” as well, not domestic only.

    Great Debate at the Federalist Society on the Constitutionality of them:
    http://www.fed-soc.org/debates/dbtid.13/default.asp

    Hilarious to watch Libertarians argue in favor of secret courts though

  3. jp Says:

    ““There is no legal or Constitutional basis for extended warrantless searches of any kind. That’s exactly what the Bush Administration did.”

    incorrect, see debate above by actual Constitutional Originalist Scholars.

  4. Citizens For A Bet ter Veterans Home Says:

    Such a better photo than the Preporation H standard Phillies icon.

  5. matt Says:

    At jp’s link, the pro-FISA guy gets his ass handed to him. As well he should.

    Phillies is right about this issue. I’d never vote for him and think he’d kill the LP, but when he’s right, he’s right.

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