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Monday, 2 January 2006
Why Isn't FISA unConstitutional?
Why hasn't the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) already been declared unConstitutional? It usurps the President's powers, as granted to him in the Constitution, to defend this country against our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

How has the damned thing managed to live so long? It is plainly a vestige of the over-reaction to Nixon-era abuses ---and no longer relevant. Not in times like these when our foreign enemies are living in our midst on expired visas and our domestic enemies are reporting live from Baghdad.

These are complex times, requiring greater nuance than knee-jerk civil libertarians will allow.


Posted by Toby Petzold at 7:03 PM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink
Updated: Monday, 2 January 2006 7:04 PM CST

Monday, 2 January 2006 - 7:44 PM CST

Name: Rider

Speaking of no longer relevant, Toby, take a look at this if you haven't seen it. Your comments appreciated. Both sides may be off-base on the NSA story.

"The NSA's Overt Problem" by Michael Hirsh

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/30/AR2005123001594.html

NSA is barking up the wrong tree, it sounds like. According to Hirsh, this sigint stuff doesn't even work any more. He says what we need is another Bletchley Park packed full of computer hackers; not eavesdroppers.

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