FISA implementation failures and oversight bill

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of Senators - Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) - released a report Tuesday detailing problems in the FBI's implementation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and at the same time introduced a "sunshine" bill to enhance congressional oversight and public reporting of the FBI's domestic surveillance efforts. Read the full report on FISA implementation failures [text], the press release highlighting key conclusions, and the Domestic Surveillance Oversight Act of 2003, the proposed FISA oversight bill [PDF text].

UPDATE: The US Department of Justice has dismissed the Senators' report as "old news" and says that it "unfairly criticizes the Department of Justice for an alleged lack of responsiveness to Judiciary Committee oversight requests." Read the DOJ press release.

 

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