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  • n  an act passed by Congress in 1978 to establish procedures for requesting judicial authorization for foreign intelligence surveillance and to create the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; intended to increase United States counterintelligence; separate from ordinary law enforcement surveillance
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  • Patrick Leahy in Guardian Unlimited
    For Congress to legislate effectively in this area, it has to have full information about the executive branch's interpretations of FISA,Leahy said. "We cannot, and certainly, we should not legislate in the dark, where the administration...
  • Jay Rockefeller in Washington Post
    The court, which oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, "must continue to play an essential role in authorizing surveillance and overseeing its execution," Rockefeller said. "They are the trusted steward of FISA, and they can and...
  • Russ Feingold in FOXNews
    Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said: "The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation."

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