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The FISA Amendments Act in 20 Seconds

A fair number of people have been writing a lot of words about H.R. 6304 and why its passage is inadvisable. But if we wanted to sum it all up in, say, twenty seconds, what would we say?

Here’s what I’d say:

H.R. 6304 in 20 Seconds youtube video

H.R. 6304 in 20 Seconds youtube video

Call the Senate today at (202) 224-3121 and tell your Senators to vote NO on H.R. 6304.


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  1. When I finally got through reading the entire text of this latest FISA amendment–it took several hours, spanned a work shift, and triggered at least one nap-I was so overwhelmed with all the details and flaws, major and minor, as well as a few positive things about the bill that I didn’t know where to begin to evaluate the bill in context.

    This little video zeros in on the FISA amendment’s one big deal-breaker: the 67 day period the government can engage in domestic spying without court approval–more, actually, depending on the amount of time it takes the FISA court to evaluate the request.

    The 1978 FISA bill currently allows 48 hours between the time the government begins a wiretap and the time they have to go to a court for approval. Seems reasonable doesn’t it. Maybe a court would be unavailable during a weekend or something and they would have a hot tip about someone they needed to wiretap right away. But once they got a foot in the door they took an inch and they took a mile.

    With the new FISA amendment the Attorney General can order an American citizen abroad to be spied on just by saying so. How soon before this little foot in the door is broadened to include Americans in the U.S, as well?

    As the Bard said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave….”

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