Sen. Roberts' Suggestion to 'Reform' FISA is 'Clarified'

by TChris

As noted here, Pat Roberts, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, isn't particularly interested in protecting Americans from unwarranted surveillance, and seems to think that the best way to protect the president from criticism is to broaden FISA to give the executive branch greater power to intercept domestic communications. Even that isn't good enough for the Bush administration, which must have admonished Roberts for trying to think independently.

Yesterday the NY Times reported that Roberts isn't sure exactly how to reform FISA, but believes that NSA spying requests should still "come before the FISA court." That isn't what the White House thinks, so the Senate Intelligence Committee's majority staff director, Bill Duhnke, had to tell the Times that its reporting "didn't reflect 'the tenor and status' of the negotiations between Congress and the White House." Duhnke assured the press today that Roberts is open to allowing the administration to continue bypassing the FISA court, while preferring that "the entire (intelligence) committee be briefed and involved in oversight issues." In other words, business as usual, with perhaps a few more senators hearing classified information that they won't be able to share with the public. This is oversight?

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  • Re: Sen. Roberts' Suggestion to 'Reform' FISA is ' (none / 0) (#1)
    by marty on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 11:18:15 AM EST
    Accountable to no one......that's the bottom line for this President and his ass-kissers. But opponents are "un-American", huh? When will our citizens wake up?

    Re: Sen. Roberts' Suggestion to 'Reform' FISA is ' (none / 0) (#3)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 03:30:22 PM EST
    marty - I don't know how to explain this. but Bush was elected, twice. So you can stop the "accountable to no one" stuff. But, if you want to really pin that on someone, try the FISA judges that are appointed for life...

    Re: Sen. Roberts' Suggestion to 'Reform' FISA is ' (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 09:28:35 AM EST
    When will our citizens wake up?
    When they stop being so afraid as to hand over their freedoms on a silver platter for a false sense of security. I'm not to hopeful.