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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 01:00 PM
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Holes in Gonzales' statement
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Edited on Mon Feb-06-06 01:07 PM by bigtree

Gonzales: ". . . in 2002, the FISA Court of Review explained that -quote - "all the other courts to have decided the issue (have) held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain intelligence information." The court went on to add, quote, "We take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that it is so, FISA could not encroach on the President's constitutional powers." It is significant that this statement stressing the constitutional limits of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, came from the very appellate court that Congress established to review the decisions of the FISA Court."

When and where did FISA encroach on "the President's constitutional powers"?

Gonzales: "to protect the privacy of Americans still further, the NSA employs safeguards to minimize the unnecessary collection and dissemination of information about U.S. persons.

What are those minimizing safeguards?

Gonzales: ". . . the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees has known about this program for years. The bipartisan leadership of both the House and Senate has also been informed. During the course of these briefings, no Members of Congress asked that the program be discontinued."

Sen. Kennedy says the law requires they inform the 'total intelligence committee', not just the chairmen.

". . . only international communications are authorized for interception under this program -- that is, communications between a foreign country and this country."

The law, however, requires that if one end of the conversations is from the U.S. FISA requirements are to be observed.

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