The Bush administration is seeking even less judicial oversight in it's spying program. The changes would apply to US email and phone accounts and would shield companies who comply with illegal orders for information.
National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell has circulated a draft bill that would expand the government's powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, liberalizing how that law can be used.
... Give the NSA the power to monitor foreigners without seeking FISA court approval even if the surveillance is conducted by tapping phones and e-mail accounts in the United States. ... Determinations about whether a court order is required should be based on considerations about the target of the surveillance ... [reduce] sandards the FBI and NSA must use to get court orders for basic information about calls and e-mails ... Give telecommunications companies immunity from civil liability for their cooperation with Bush's terrorist surveillance program ... Extend from 72 hours to one week the amount of time the government can conduct surveillance without a court order in emergencies.
Security, liberty, eh, who needs them?