December 18, 2005

Bush, Wiretaps, and FISA

A bit of legal analysis (from an actual lawyer) about the Bush administration wiretaps and FISA, in relation to recent conservative blogposts opining that "FISA allowed it." To give away the ending: Nope. The posts in question specifically omitted text from the FISA which limited its applicability to a specific set of targets. Surpise, surprise...when the actual text is quoted in full, it really doesn't look good at all for the Bush crew.

What a shock.

Think about it carefully: if it was legal under existing statute, why would those carrying it out need to be 'covered' by a (constantly revisited) Executive Order?

Posted by jbz at December 18, 2005 3:15 PM | TrackBack


Wrong again. I have an *autographed get-out-of-jail-free card*! "The President of the United States authorizes Deputy Director of the CIA Robert Ritter to conduct 'Operation Reciprocity' including all necessary funding and support. This action is deemed important to the national security of the United States etcetera, etcetera, etcetera." You don't *have* one of these, do you Jack?

Posted by: Ritter at December 19, 2005 2:58 PM
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