FISA for the 21st Century, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 26, 2006   [open pdf - 15MB]

From the opening statement of Arlen Specter, "The Judiciary Committee will now proceed with our hearing on the proposed legislation which would submit the surveillance program for constitutional review to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Wiretapping has been going on in the United States involving U.S. citizens some 4 1/2 years without having the traditional judicial approval. Since it was publicly disclosed in mid-December, the Judiciary Committee has held five hearings and has considered a variety of proposed bills leading to the legislation which we have before us today, which has been meticulously negotiated and has the agreement of the President to refer the surveillance program to the FISA Court if the legislation is approved. There may be modifications, subject to the agreement of the President. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is well suited to handle this review because of its expertise in the field and because of its secrecy, the White House insists that there not be public disclosures." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy, Arlen Specter, Keith B. Alexander, Steven G. Bradbury, H. Bryan Cunningham, James X. Dempsey, Mary B. DeRosa, Michael V. Hayden, John Schmidt.

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S. Hrg. 109-1055; Senate Hearing 109-1055; Serial No. J-109-101
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