Discarded "Patriot Act II" Undermines Bush's Claims on NSA Surveillance
The Washington Post today reminds us of Patriot Act II, drafted by the Justice Department lawyers in February, 2003 and submitted secretly to members of Congress. When news of the draft leaked, the Justice Department claimed it was just something being debated, not something intended to be introduced.
Why it matters now: It undermines Bush and Gonzales' claims that Bush didn't need Congress' approval or an amendment of FISA to engage in his warrantless electronic surveillance program, instituted in 2001.
Some background: Patriot Act II was officially called the Domestic Security Surveillance Act of 2003. The Center for Public Integrity still has the complete bill on their website, (text here, pdf) along with the control sheet (pdf) from the Office of Legislative Affairs showing that it was directed to House Speaker Denny Hastert and Veep Dick Cheney.
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