Constitutional Limitations on Domestic Surveillance: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, June 7, 2007 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the text of the hearing entitled "Constitutional Limitations on Domestic Surveillance": "Through these hearings, the Subcommittee will examine the Bush administration's policies, actions and programs that I believe threaten America's fundamental constitutional rights and civil liberties, and also we will hear proposals for potential legislative remedies. Today's hearing specifically looks at one of the foundations of our fundamental liberties: the constitutional and statutory restrictions on the Government's ability to spy on people. Both the fourth amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were responses to abuses by governments that thought they were above the law. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, as the fourth amendment puts it, is a core limitation on the Government that protects each of us. The framers of the Constitution understood this, and despite periodic lapses, so have most of our Nation's leaders. Congress enacted FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in 1978, following the Church Committee's report on surveillance abuses in the 1960's and 1970's."
Serial No. 110-45
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