Legislation proposed by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-OH), who helped build the controversial Patriot Act, is aiming to tighten restrictions on domestic spying conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).
James Robertson, a former federal judge who served on the secret Foreign Intelligence Act court from 2002 to 2005 told a panel that the court is independent but flawed because only the government views are represented effectively during its deliberations.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill extending the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a law allowing for the warrantless wiretapping of phone and electronic communications, through the end of 2017.
The US Senate managed to vote to extend the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012. This will extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008. The act granted retroactive immunity for illegal wiretaps under the Bush Administration.
With a vote of 80 to 15 with 5 Senators not voting, the U.S. Senate voted for cloture on the Motion to Proceed on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill that was approved by the U.S. House last week.
There is a rumor spreading throughout the "left side of the spectrum" that there is an underhanded Democrat Party cave in soon to be revealed. In a post running around on the Hill, the deal could be imminent.
United States President George W. Bush has stepped up the pressure on the US House to either approve or veto the update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Senate version gives immunity while the House version does not.
In a last-minute parliamentary maneuver late yesterday, Senate Republican leaders sought to force a vote on Monday to close debate on the bill, which would effectively kill proposed Democratic amendments.