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White House Statement: N.Y. Times FISA Story 'Misleading'
Mon Aug 6, 2007 17:17
 

 
White House Statement: N.Y. Times FISA Story 'Misleading'

Monday , August 06, 2007

WASHINGTON —
The White House issued the following statement Monday in response to a New York Times story about updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that President Bush signed into law this weekend:

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 6, 2007

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY TONY FRATTO

Today's New York Times story by James Risen makes the unfounded claim that new FISA legislation has "broadly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages American citizens without warrants." This is highly misleading.

Revolutionary changes in technology have occurred since FISA was enacted in 1978, and those changes have resulted in FISA — contrary to the intent of Congress in 1978 — often requiring the government to get a court order to collect information on foreign terrorists and other foreign targets located overseas. The new law makes clear that a court order is not required to conduct surveillance of foreign intelligence targets located overseas.

But under FISA, court approval is required for the government to target an individual located in the United States, and nothing in the new law changes that.

Congress has recognized there does not have to be a trade off between the goals of protecting Americans' rights and keeping our Nation safe. The Protect America Act accomplishes both goals.

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http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,292314,00.html

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Bush signed the bill on Sunday, which expands temporarily the
government's authority to eavesdrop on the international
phone calls and e-mail messages of U.S. residents without
court warrants.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/06/content_6484613.htm

Ex post facto

From Wex, everyone's resource for law learning
http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Ex_post_facto

Latin for "from a thing done afterward." Ex post facto is most typically used to refer to a law that applies retroactively, thereby criminalizing conduct that was legal when originally performed. Two clauses in the US Constitution prohibit ex post facto laws: Art 1, 9 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.articlei.html#section9) and Art. 1 10 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.articlei.html#section10). see, e.g. Collins v. Youngblood, 497 US 37 (1990) and California Dep't of Corrections v. Morales, 514 US 499 (1995).

See Constitutional law

Retrieved from http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Ex_post_facto

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Bush Signs Terrorism Law
Guardian Unlimited, UK - Aug 5, 2007
From AP CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) - President Bush on Sunday
signed into law an expansion of the government's power to
eavesdrop on foreign terror suspects ...
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&tab=wn&ncl=1118639655

Blogtalk: Debating the FISA Bill
New York Times, United States - 4 hours ago
... Bush signed over the weekend that expands the government’s authority to eavesdrop on Americans as part of its broader terrorism surveillance program. ...

BUSH FISA AMERICANS

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NOTE: SEN. WEBB VOTED FOR FISA....GO FIGURE!

WHAT KIND OF BLACKMAIL IS GOING ON IN WASHINGTON ??

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