Posted by Randy Gainer
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted today not to investigate the NSA domestic spying program. The Republican majority on the Committee instead is backing a bill that would retroactively authorize the NSA to conduct the types of domestic electronic surveillance the NSA has been conducting since at least 2001. The bill, termed the Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006, would reportedly permit the NSA to conduct surveillance without a warrant for 45 before justifying the wiretapping to any court. The Senate Committee’s refusal to investigate the Bush Administration’s decision to ignore the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) means that it is up to the courts to enforce FISA and constitutional principles, such as separation of powers principles, and First and Fourth Amendment rights.