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WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today strongly rebuked new legislation offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) that would give the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "optional" review over the National Security Agency’s controversial program to spy on Americans. The legislation was announced this morning and was drafted in close consultation with the White House.
The ACLU and other organizations have filed challenges to the legality of the NSA program.
"This Specter-Cheney bill is nothing short of a capitulation by Chairman Specter to the White House," said Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union. "The ‘review’ contained in the bill is nothing more than a sham. The president could still choose to ignore the optional court oversight on the program. This new bill would codify the notion that the president is not bound by the laws passed by Congress or the Constitution. It would reward his abuse of power."
Originally posted by marg6043
This bill was drafted in July. But is anything else about it, anything new?
I think that it will die in congress unless is brought just like the last bill in hurry before congress elections.
This Specter-Cheney bill is a bad deal for Americans as the FISA system gives the President all he needs to protect us from terrorism. The Specter-Cheney bill gives Americans no protection against the Presidential abuse of power. Thus the need for 3 branches of government with strict rules on what those divisions can do. Bush won't be there forever and who's to say what a Hillary Administration could do!