Friday, March 10, 2006

More FISA Thoughts

Is this seriously being endorsed as a compromise? Key quote:
The N.S.A. would be permitted to intercept the international phone calls and e-mail messages of people in the United States if there was "probable cause to believe that one party to the communication is a member, affiliate, or working in support of a terrorist group or organization," according to a written summary of the proposal issued by its Republican sponsors. The finding of probable cause would not be reviewed by any court.

No, no, no, no, no.


Proponents of this plan are constantly harping on the fact it's narrowly tailored and will only impact those with provable probable cause links to terrorists. Then they tell us that to prove probably cause would be too difficult; "unworkable." Not too difficult to do it within a specified period of time, mind you, too difficult to do it at all. In other words, unless I'm mistaken, there is no probable cause.

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