did you even read the original article? even the Times piece itself mentions how many justice department reviews took place during each use of this. what the hell do you want the president to do, ask the ACLU and the NYT their opinion on this matter before exercising this?
To: oceanview; et al
Admittedly, I have not read the law in question. I doubt any of you have either since it's probably pretty dry reading. I did receive a thumbnail description of it though.
The NSA can eavesdrop on anything it wants, but there are restrictions on what it can record. On a conversation between an American citizen and a citizen of any other country only that portion of the conversation spoken by the foreign citizen can be recorded without a warrant issued by a court.
As was pointed out earlier this evening, that leaves the government in the possible position of recording "What do you plan to attack," from the alien and being unable to record the answer from the American. While I admit such a situation is not very good, I still say it's better than trashing the Fourth Amendment.
posted on 12/16/2005 7:14:16 PM PST
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