July 09, 2008
FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Passed by Senate
- ACLU: Senate Passes Unconstitutional Spying Bill And Grants Sweeping Immunity To Phone Companies
- New York Times: Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers
- WSJ Law Blog: "As the WSJ reports, the bill renews the legal backing for the federal governmentís warrantless surveillance program, allowing the National Security Agency to listen in to Americansí phone calls to people abroad and read emails sent to people overseas. It would also provide effective legal immunity for the telephone companies who agreed to government requests to access their customersí phones and emails."
- Closing Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senate Consideration Of The FISA Amendments: "The bill, if adopted without amendment, seems intended to result in the dismissal of ongoing cases against the telecommunications carriers that participated in the warrantless wiretapping program, without allowing a court ever to review whether the program itself was legal. "