Statement by the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Regarding House FISA Proposal [March 11, 2008] [open pdf - 122KB]
This statement offers a response to the intentions of the House of Representatives to introduce a new bill to update Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA ). The Department of Justice (DoJ) and Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) believe that the bill will not provide the Intelligence Community with the tools necessary to ensure the security of the United States, and endorse the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate. The statement addresses some of the shortcomings identified by the DoJ and ODNI, including: requirement of prior court approval before beginning surveillance of foreign terrorists outside the United States; lack of liability protection for private-sector firms that cooperate with the government; a sunset period; and the creation of a new oversight commission, which DoJ and ODNI have deemed redundant and wasteful.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: http://www.odni.gov/