Wednesday, September 13, 2006

CDT: NSA Bill 'Major Disaster'

Ryan Singel writes on 27B Stroke 6:

The Center for Democracy and Technology's policy director Jim Dempsey, a longtime expert on national security law who testified to the Judiciary Committee on Senator Arlen Specter's NSA bill, described the bill's passage out of committee a "major disaster."

Specter's bill was drafted in concert with the Vice President's office, and Specter has championed the bill because the administration promised him that it would submit its warrantless wiretapping program to a secret court for review, though the bill makes that optional, and arguably makes the program legal, due to changes to the law governing surveillance.

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