Senate Surveillance Bill Still Authorizes Warrantless Surveillance | Talking Points Memo

The version of the surveillance bill that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday (and that was approved in a do-over vote today) strips out the hotly-debated immunity provision for telecommunications companies. But several other proposals disliked by civil libertarians remain. For instance: like the Senate Select Intelligence Committee version that served as its template, there isn’t a role for the FISA Court in approving surveillance of foreign-to-domestic communications. That power, formerly in the hands of an independent court — to approve quaint things like “warrants” — would reside with the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence.

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