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  •  McConnell opening statement: (9+ / 0-)

    Discussion of national security issues can compromise information and methods, willing to discuss further in closed session if necessary.

    When I came to the post of DNI, I learned that our ability to collect foreign intelligence was being degraded.  Predecessors had testified to Congress about need to update FISA.  Congress had also taken steps in 2006 to update FISA, passed by House, not taken up by Senate.

    No one wants a repeat of 9/11.  FISA enacted in 1978 to reduce abuses of past.  {Recounting history of FISA, similar to previous opening stmts.}

    It is my steadfast belief that balance struck by Congress was "elegant" in original FISA Act.  But FISA did not anticipate cellphones, internet, etc.  Changing nature of communication "by wire" vs. "through the air".

    Leahy interrupts:  FISA has not remained static, has been revised numerous times.  You've made comments that PAA provisions allowed breakup of terror plot in Germany, but that info was collected BEFORE PAA.  Your estimates of how degraded your ability to collect data has changed from hearing to hearing.  

    {WOW - right out of the box Leahy is calling McC on conflicting statements in his previous testimony!}

    "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out." ~ Robert Graves, "I, Claudius"

    by lurks a lot on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 06:56:46 AM PDT

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