Serial No. 110-78: Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights (Part I), Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 5, 2007 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of John Conyers, Jr. "We now turn to our consideration of Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights. A month ago, the Congress passed an emergency wiretap law, at the President's urging, that granted the Attorney General largely unfettered authority to conduct surveillance of those who are engaged in communications abroad. The law was controversial. I strongly opposed it. Fortunately, the law sunsets early next year. It had 6 months' duration. Today, we begin the process of reviewing the law and considering modifications to it. In my judgment, there are three tests that ought be met as we consider additional legislation. The first is we must be able to conduct real and meaningful oversight on the surveillance program. The second is that we must provide the courts with a meaningful role in reviewing surveillance that applies to American citizens. And finally, we need to consider the role of telecommunications carriers. That, to me, summarizes what I think our present responsibilities are." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Conyers, Jr., Lamar Smith, Jerrold Nadler, Trent Franks, Robert C. Scott, Bob Barr, Suzanne Spaulding, Robert F. Turner, Morton H. Halperin, Sheila Jackson Lee, Steve Cohen, Denise A. Cardman, John W. Whitehead, and Caroline Frederickson.
Serial No. 110-78
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