Specter Introduces Foreign Eavesdropping Bill
Sen. Arlen Specter today introduced the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight and Resource Enhancement Act of 2006." The ACLU responds:
Now is not the time for Congress to focus on controversial issues. The majority of the appropriations bills have yet to be adopted. If there is to be a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress, lawmakers must not legislate in haste and without a full understanding of the facts. If the new Specter bill were adopted, it would be reconciled with the horrible Wilson bill, putting the privacy of innocent Americans at great risk. Senators must remember: Americans are not the enemy. This is one issue on which the lame-duck Congress should ‘Just Say No!’"
The LA Times today agreed in an editorial, saying the bill was co-sponsored by Diane Feinstein and would make it easier for the NSA to bypass FISA's requirement of a court order in case of an emergency.
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