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    Here's my ignored e-mail, for what it's worth:

    Dear Mr. Stengel:

    In regards to Joe Klein's recent article on the Democratic FISA bill, you're magazine stated the following:

    "In the original version of this story, Joe Klein wrote that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would allow a court review of individual foreign surveillance targets. Republicans believe the bill can be interpreted that way, but Democrats don't."

    This statement is patently absurd. It is a clear fact that the bill passed by the House does not act in the way Republicans claim it does. In contrast to what your magazine's "correction" says, the bill actually says the following:

         Sec. 105A. (a) Foreign to Foreign Communications-

               `(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, a court order is not required for electronic surveillance directed at the acquisition of the contents of any communication between persons that are not known to be United States persons and are reasonably believed to be located outside the United States for the purpose of collecting foreign intelligence information, without respect to whether the communication passes through the United States or the surveillance device is located within the United States.

    This really is not too tough understand. That Mr. Klein says this provision is "way beyond his legal expertise" (or words to that effect) should truly embarrass you and your magazine. Can he not read? Can he not consult a lawyer before writing his weekly column? Does he lack the decency to shut up about an area if he neither understands nor bothers to research it?

    His story (and your ridiculous assertions to try and defend it) is indicative of a creeping attitude among you and your colleagues to take government lines (right or left) at face value and not dig ANY deeper into the merits of the claim. Sad that one of your featured columnists can't even read the bill he uses to attack an entire political party. A real shame.

    Good to know Stengel was just ignoring everyone, not simply little old me.

    "People hate Bush and hate this war. It's that simple, and it's been true for quite some time" - Atrios

    by atrexler on Tue Dec 04, 2007 at 02:57:12 PM PST

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