Serial No. 112-129: FISA Amendments Act of 2008, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, May 31, 2012   [open pdf - 824KB]

From the opening statement of F. James Sensenbrenner: "Today's hearing examines the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which is set to expire at the end of the year. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, was enacted in 1978 to provide procedures for the domestic collection of foreign intelligence. In the 40 years since FISA's enactment, communication technologies have changed dramatically and revolutionalized the transmission of international communication. The shift from wireless satellite communications to fiber-optic wire communications alter the manner in which foreign communications are transmitted. The use of wire technology inside the United States to transit a phone call that takes place overseas have the unintended consequence of requiring the government to obtain an individualized FISA Court order to monitor foreign communications by non-U.S. persons. In 2008, Congress passed and the President signed the bipartisan FISA amendments to update our foreign intelligence laws. The Act permits the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to target foreign persons reasonably believed to be located outside the U.S. to acquire foreign intelligence information. The Act requires prior Court approval of all government surveillance using these authorities, including Court approval of the government's targeting and minimization procedures. The FISA Amendments Act strengthens civil liberty." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. 'Bobby' Scott, John Conyers, Jr., Kenneth L. Wainstein, Marc Rotenberg, and Jameel Jaffer.

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