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Intelligence Court Upholds Wiretapping January 15, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/washington/16fisa.html?_r=1&hp

In a big victory for the Bush administration in its waning days, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review is to validate the legality of wiretapping foreign phones and emails, even if Americans are involved in the communication.  This was also a rebuke of liberal groups and Congressional Democrats, including Barack Obama.  Obama voiced many harsh criticisms of the program, before eventually voting for the FISA bill.

This is a rare public opinion for the court.  The review court has issued only two other rulings in its 30-year history. In validating the government’s wide authority to collect foreign intelligence, it may offer legal credence to the Bush administration’s repeated assertions that the president has constitutional authority to act without specific court approval in ordering national security eavesdropping.

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