Center for National Security Studies
Views on Expanded Warrantless Wiretapping Powers
Wed Aug 8, 2007 20:56
 

 
8/8/08 - "The Charles Goyette Show" AM 1100 PHX AZ
RE: FISA....GUEST EXPLAINES WHAT HAPPENED
AND WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT!
CNSS Deputy Director Lisa Graves’
AUDIO:
http://www.apfn.net/pogo24/A003I070808-476C.MP3

Views on Expanded Warrantless Wiretapping Powers
http://www.cnss.org/

The Center for National Security Studies strongly opposes the administration’s FISA bill, S. 1927, because it permits the National Security Agency to acquire and analyze all international communications of Americans, without any meaningful judicial oversight. The administration legislation allows the NSA warrantless access to virtually all international communications of Americans with anyone outside the US, so long as the government declared that the surveillance was directed at people, which includes foreigners and citizens, reasonably believed to be located outside the US, a definition that covers billions of people.
http://www.cnss.org/CNSS%20Views%20on%20S1927.htm

The administration rejected all reasonable efforts to require that such surveillance be focused on foreigners, be directed at terrorist targets or be limited to protecting against international terrorism. They also rejected efforts to include meaningful court review of the rights of individual Americans’ swept in or even an independent audit of the affect on the privacy of Americans.

This legislation will sunset or expire in six months. However, the sunset has an exception that would allow any directives by Attorney General Gonzales and Director of National Intelligence McConnell that commandeer access to US telephone and internet companies to remain in effect until their expiration (which is likely to be until the end of the administration since the directives can be issued for up to one year, and so could be reissued on the eve of the sunset, in January 2008, to remain in effect until this administration is finally over in January 2009).



For CNSS’ full analysis and information on the status of requested documents about surveillance of Americans please follow this link



"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."
James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798

The Center for National Security Studies, a non-governmental advocacy and research organization, was founded in 1974 to work for control of the FBI and CIA and to prevent violations of civil liberties in the United States.

A central challenge for democratic societies is to maintain national security while enhancing individual freedoms. Defense of civil liberties and constitutional procedures in the face of claims of national security is a never-ending task that requires constant vigilance and public awareness. The Center for National Security Studies plays that role as the only institution devoted solely to this constitutional watchdog function. The Center works to develop a consensus on policies that facilitate the exercise of government responsibilities in ways that do not interfere with civil liberties and constitutional government.

The Center works to strengthen the public right of access to government information, combat excessive government secrecy, assure effective oversight of intelligence agencies, protect the right of political dissent, prevent illegal government surveillance, ensure congressional authority in war powers, and protect the free exchange of ideas and information across international borders.

Since 1993, the Center has also worked internationally to assist human rights organizations and government officials in establishing oversight and accountability of intelligence agencies in emerging democracies throughout the world.

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the
government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928
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8/8/08 - "The Charles Goyette Show" AM 1100 PHX AZ
RE: FISA....GUEST EXPLAINES WHAT HAPPENED
AND WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT!
AUDIO:
http://www.apfn.net/pogo24/A003I070808-476C.MP3

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Executive Summary of Grave Concerns about the FISA bill, S. 1927

*This is CNSS’ analysis of the bill before it was signed into law on August 5, 2008
http://www.cnss.org/CNSS%20Views%20on%20S1927.htm

Please read CNSS Deputy Director Lisa Graves’ testimony, Unchecked National Security Letter Powers and Our Civil Liberties, before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives, March 28, 2007:

Congress is responsible for helping to ensure that any powers used by the Executive Branch are focused, effective and protect our civil liberties. The NSL powers fail that test. Their focus is too diffuse. The anecdotal evidence of their effectiveness is disproportionately small compared with the extent of their use and the invasion of privacy they represent. Civil liberties have not been adequately protected. The implementation of the requirements for using these intrusive powers was sloppy. The weak procedures intended to provide some protection were circumvented hundreds of times and this happened at FBI headquarters.…This is a substantial failure. An “F.” (excerpt from Lisa Graves’ Testimony)
http://www.cnss.org/LG%20NSL%20Testimony%203.28.07.pdf

8/8/08 - "The Charles Goyette Show" AM 1100 PHX AZ
RE: FISA....GUEST EXPLAINES WHAT HAPPENED
AND WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT!
CNSS Deputy Director Lisa Graves’
AUDIO:
http://www.apfn.net/pogo24/A003I070808-476C.MP3

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