Bush & Surveillance: It's Legal
jesse | March 16, 2006 at 04:24 pmby
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Well, it's legal:
In early 2002, the Justice Department adopted new surveillance procedures based on the Patriot Act. In March 2002, the department informed the FISA Court that it would use those new standards in surveillance applications. In May, the FISA Court said, in effect, not so fast, and ordered modifications in the procedures. Among other things, the FISA Court ordered that "law enforcement officials shall not make recommendations to intelligence officials concerning the initiation, operation, continuation or expansion of FISA searches or surveillances" — a reasonable facsimile of the old wall. The FISA Court also ordered that the Justice Department include certain staffers in all surveillance debates, an order that quickly became known in the Justice Department as the "chaperone requirement."
Dunno what all the fuss is about. We gonna go after the bad guys or not? I say we tap whoevers phone we want. ACLU got a problem with that? What have you got to hide?