TPW 24: Congress Guts FISA

by on August 9, 2007 · 0 comments

Over the weekend, Congress passed legislation that dramatically expands the executive branch’s domestic surveillance powers. The legislation replaces the FISA warrant process that has governed domestic surveillance since the 1970s with a new process in which courts would only review the general procedures used to select surveillance targets, not a list of the targets themselves.

In this week’s podcast, Adam and I are joined by two of my favorite commentators on civil liberties: Derek Slater of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Julian Sanchez of Reason magazine. They explain what’s wrong with the legislation, how it’s connected to EFF’s ongoing lawsuit against AT&T, and what we need to do to restore our privacy rights.

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