Usually, I only talk about comics and comic related things here, but this news was too shocking not to mention here. Special thanks to alfaphlex from the SRK forums for bringing this to my attention.
“With one vote, Congress has strengthened the executive branch, weakened the judiciary and rendered itself irrelevant,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “This bill – soon to be law – is a constitutional nightmare. Americans should know that if this legislation is enacted and upheld, what they say on international phone calls or emails is no longer private. The government can listen in without having a specific reason to do so. Our rights as Americans have been curtailed and our privacy can no longer be assumed.”
If you don't feel like clicking the link to read all of that, here is is in a nutshell: our 4th Amendment rights, the right to privacy, protection against illegal search and seizures could very well be thrown out the window. Ain't that a kick in the crotch?