[Letter from Honorable John D. Bates on Amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]   [open pdf - 171KB]

From the letter of Honorable John D. Bates to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein: "To better address the continuing interest from several Congressional committees in the views of the Judiciary regarding potential changes to foreign intelligence surveillance law and practice, I am writing to provide the following perspectives on certain proposals currently under consideration. Traditionally, the views of the Judiciary on legislative matters are expressed through the Judicial Conference of the United States, for which I serve as Secretary. However, because the matters at issue here relate to special expertise and experience of only a small number of judges on two specialized courts, the Conference has not at this time been engaged to deliberate on them. In my capacity as director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, I have responsibility for facilitating the administration of the federal courts and, furthermore, the Chief Justice of the United States has requested that I act as a liaison for the Judiciary on matters concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In considering such matters, I benefit from having served as Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Enclosed is a document setting forth the Judiciary's comments concerning certain potential changes to FISA and proceedings before the FISC and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review."

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