Serial No. 110-79: Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights (Part II), Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 18, 2007 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of John Conyers, Jr. "We are here today for the hearing on Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights. There are few rights that are more fundamental to our democracy than the right to privacy. And there are few powers that are more intrusive or more dangerous than the Government's ability to conduct surveillance on its citizens. The conflict between this right and these powers go to the very core of who we are as a Nation. For more than 30 years, we have relied on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to strike the appropriate balance between the Government's need to protect our citizens from foreign attack and our citizens' right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The heart of that bargain was that Government could indeed use its awesome power to conduct surveillance, but subject to independent court review, although a somewhat cursory and secret court review. Six years ago, the Administration unilaterally chose to engage in warrantless surveillance of American citizens without court review." 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, J. Randy Forbes, J. Mike McConnell, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Steve Cohen, and Sheila Jackson Lee.
Serial No. 110-79
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