S. Rept. 110-209: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2007, Report together with Additional and Minority Views to Accompany S. 2248, October 26, 2007 [open pdf - 147KB]
"The Select Committee on Intelligence, having considered an original bill (S. 2248) to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, to modernize and streamline the provisions of that Act and for other purposes, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass. The Committee, since its inception in 1976, has exercised sustained oversight of the Executive branch's use of electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes. A central focus of that oversight has been the implementation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ('FISA') by the Executive branch and by the special court established by Congress to provide judicial oversight of FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ('FISA Court'). Since the President's acknowledgement of the existence of a presidential program on December 17, 2005, which has been publicly described as the Terrorist Surveillance Program, the Committee has sought to inquire vigorously into the President's authorization for the National Security Agency ('NSA') to conduct electronic surveillance within the United States without FISA court orders. In the past year, the ability of the full Committee to perform the Committee's oversight responsibilities has been significantly augmented by improved access to information about the program, as well as information about the shift of activities under that presidential authorization to activities in accordance with orders of the FISA Court."
S. Rept. 110-209; Senate Report 110-209
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