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House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers

 
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House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers
The House on Wednesday reauthorized for five years broad electronic eavesdropping powers that largely legalized the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The FISA Amendments Act, (.pdf) which is expiring at year’s end, allows the government to electronically eavesdrop on Americans’ phone calls and e-mails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is believed outside the United States. The communications may be intercepted “to acquire foreign intelligence information.”

Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the measure, which the President Barack Obama administration said was its top intelligence priority, (.pdf) generally requires the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to rubber-stamp terror-related electronic surveillance requests that ensnare Americans’ communications. The government does not have to identify the target or facility to be monitored. It can begin surveillance a week before making the request, and the surveillance can continue during the appeals process if, in a rare case, the secret FISA court rejects the surveillance application. The court’s rulings are not public.

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