Time, Klein and FISA

Update: Time now prints this correction, which isn't much of a correction:

In the original version of this story, Joe Klein wrote that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would allow a court review of individual foreign surveillance targets. Republicans believe the bill can be interpreted that way, but Democrats don't.


The uproar over Joe Klein's FISA articles in Time Magazine is growing:

If you are new to the story, start with Ryan Singal at Wired or Glenn Greenwald.

Then check out Matt Stoller at Open Left, Dan Gillmoor and Jane at Firedoglake.

What Klein said initially:

The Democratic strategy on the FISA legislation in the House is equally foolish. There is broad, bipartisan agreement on how to legalize the surveillance of phone calls and emails of foreign intelligence targets. The basic principle is this: if a suspicious pattern of calls from a terrorist suspect to a U.S. citizen is found, a FISA court warrant is necessary to monitor those communications. But to safeguard against civil-liberty abuses, all records of clearly nontargeted Americans who receive emails or phone calls from foreign suspects would be, in effect, erased. Unfortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi quashed the House Intelligence Committee's bipartisan effort and supported a Democratic bill that — Limbaugh is salivating — would require the surveillance of every foreign-terrorist target's calls to be approved by the FISA court, an institution founded to protect the rights of U.S. citizens only. In the lethal shorthand of political advertising, it would give terrorists the same legal protections as Americans. That is well beyond stupid.

Klein's follow-up and partial correction. As Big Tent notes here, this isn't Joe Klein's first foray into the wilderness of questionable reporting.

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    No one can admit a mistake (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by lilybart on Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 11:30:11 AM EST
    why do all these so-called jouralists still have jobs?

    They don't have to (none / 0) (#2)
    by manys on Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 12:18:54 PM EST
    Controversy is a profit center and journalism is being perverted for ad dollars. Go figure.

    I think it is deeper than that (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by chemoelectric on Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 02:42:19 PM EST
    I think it is cultural, with the $$$$ as reinforcement but just one factor of many. The same kind of thing has happened in theoretical physics, with publication and citation as reinforcement, leaving us with 'physicists' who are satisfied with mystery and who have made no truly major advances in our understanding since the 1930s.