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CRS On "The Protect America Act"
08-30-2007, 02:42 AM,
CRS On "The Protect America Act"
Quote:The controversial amendments to the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act (FISA) that were enacted under intense
Administration pressure earlier this month are reviewed section-
by-section in a new report from the Congressional Research

The legislation, dubbed the "Protect America Act of 2007,"
removed legal impediments to the interception of foreign
communications that pass through the United States. But it also
redefined the terms of the FISA so as to permit increased
surveillance of communications involving persons in the United
States while curtailing judicial supervision.

The new CRS report offers a careful reading of each provision of
the Act.

But instead of fully clarifying its impact, the report serves to
highlight just how unclear and indeterminate the new law
actually is.

Thus, one provision "could conceivably be interpreted" to apply
to parties within the United States. Another provision "might be
seen to be susceptible of two possible interpretations." Still
others "appear to" or "would seem to" or "may also" have one
uncertain consequence or another.

In other words, the new law bears the hallmarks of its hasty,
poorly considered origins.

The new CRS report may help to identify some of the questions
that Congress will examine when it revisits the legislation next

A copy of the report was obtained by Secrecy News.

See "P.L. 110-55, the Protect America Act of 2007: Modifications
to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," August 23, 2007:
09-13-2007, 05:17 AM,
CRS On "The Protect America Act"
Is it protecting us from Landmines.

They kind of dropped the ball in IRAQ.

Landmines and Landpeople is 100% of the IRAQ war.

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