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  •  We might be crossing mindstreams here... (none)
    I'm just noting that the policy isn't the law, and Bush can't be prosecuted for changing the policy unless it does break an actual law. It doesn't matter what USSID 18 says about foreign agents - it just matters what FISA and other actual laws say about them.

    Having said that, yep, it's possible that there are exceptions that the administration can take advantage of, especially concerning folks that can be shown as agents of foreign powers...but a few diaries have tried to justify those, without significant success.

    Plus, Bush isn't saying that it's allowed because it's legal, but that it's allowed because he's CinC.

    In any case, both the policy (USSID 18) and the president need to follow the law (FISA).


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