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  •  honest question: (0+ / 0-)

    what procedure can we put in place to obtain warrants on people who may need to be surveilled?

    I understand both sides of the argument. One is the legal and constitutional side. I get that we need to follow it. On the other hand, in some ways i think this differs slightly from a normal criminal investigation in that there may be people who, for example, may be affiliated with a potentially dangerous organization.  You don't know exactly how - take Timothy McVeigh for example or any of the other lunatics like him.

    i'm wondering how to balance something like that respecting out laws but recognizing that the numbers of people like that may be so great, how do you deal with it? How do you get enough info to be able to meet the burden of evidence required to get the warrant? Must we wait until they do something overtly or ????

    I hope people recognize that i;m not trying to start a flame war here. Its a sincere question.

    •  the one that was already in place (3+ / 0-)
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      where they go to a FISA judge and get it, or even start the tap and get the warrant retroactively. Seriously, the FISA court almost never refused to issue a warrant. This wasn't an egregious procedure. If anything, it was too lax. But until the Bush administration decided to wiretap illegally, it worked fine for every administration since Carter's.

      •  thanks. i was wondering b/c its seemed like (1+ / 0-)
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        people here were suggesting something much more 'odious'.  I though people here had a problem even with the FISA court, and maybe they do.

        thanks for answering my question.

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