SANTORUM BACKS ILLEGAL SPYING No surprise, really…

SANTORUM BACKS ILLEGAL SPYING

No surprise, really, except he still wants to call himself a conservative.

“Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (P.L. 95-511) in 1978 to establish a framework for obtaining foreign intelligence related to espionage or terrorism through the use of electronic surveillance. Under P.L. 95-511, the President, through the U.S. Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance to obtain foreign intelligence for up to one year without a court order if certain criteria are met and certified in writing under oath. You may be interested to know Section 109 of FISA authorizes bypassing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court if ‘authorized by statute.’ When I voted for S.J.Res. 23, I did so with the intent to authorize the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against nations, organizations, and individuals linked to the September 11th attacks.”

If a statute authorizes spying for a year without a warrant, or bypassing a court, that’s plainly unconstitutional.

I did notice his attempted reinterpretation of the War on Terrorism resolution dances around after-the-fact authorization of warrantless wiretapping. Clearly he didn’t envision warrantless wiretapping, and his Catholic conscience (this time) won’t let him say he did. He must be up for reelection this year, with a strong challenger, with an even stronger Catholic conscience!

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