Rubio, Nelson come together on warrantless wiretapping

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ORLANDO — Debts, deficits and doom were recurring themes during the New Year’s Day negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” but lost among the headlines was the extension of sweeping and expansive surveillance powers granted to the nation’s intelligence agencies during the Bush years. EAR ON YOU: The NSA and FBI have used FISA provisions to wiretap phones of suspected criminals and terrorists without judicial oversight. Along with extending warrantless wiretapping for people suspected of terrorism, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act gives immunity to telecommunications companies that have disclosed private phone records to theNational Security Agency and […]