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  •  There is considerable confusion about FISA. (2+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN, The Troubadour

    FISA, Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, was enacted in 1978.  After 9/11, GWB and congress passed the Patriot Act which changed several laws including the FISA of 1978 by allowing 'warrant less wiretapping' of US citizens.

    The Federal Intelligence Surveilance Act Amendment Act was passed in 2008, and was an attempt to limit the scope of GWB's patriot act.

    This is what was renewed in the Senate, not FISA and not the Patriot Act but the amendments to FISA putting limits on the Patriot Act.

    Confused yet?  

    •  Indeed, the amendment to FISA is what was (3+ / 0-)
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      MixedContent, blueoasis, maryabein

      left intact by the Senate, meaning that an amendment to an amendment was voted down to maintain 2008's changes.

      I'm "THE" Troubadour," and not "Troubadour" without the article. We're different people here at DK :)

      by David Harris Gershon on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:16:22 PM PST

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    •  One more thing, (1+ / 0-)
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      chrismorgan

      The Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act's genesis was Watergate.  In my opinion, if President Ford hadn't pardoned Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office, I don't think FISA would have been necessary.

      FISA was written to recognize and  prevent criminal behavior of politicians because politicians rarely get convicted for their crimes.

      That's my OpEd.

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