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Most representatives and senators will be figuring out this week what they think about the massive domestic surveillance program revealed through leaked documents reported in the Guardian last week. They’re sitting on the sidelines, listening to the advocates on both sides, and they’ll come forward when they see which way the wind is blowing strongest. […]

Congress’s Work in the Supreme Court

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the mid-Atlantic, the executive branch of the federal government will be closed on Monday, October 29th. But the judicial branch is carrying on with business as usual. Monday morning’s argument is an important review of Congress’s work on national security. In Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, the Court will […]

Telecom Immunity Reax

Yesterday the Senate passed H.R. 6304, The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, clearing it for the President’s signature. Among other things, it gave telecommunications companies immunity for allegedly participating in illegal wiretapping at the behest of the government. There are strong opinions on both sides of the issue. As you’ll see below, WashingtonWatch.com visitors were […]

Obama, Surveillance, and Telecom Immunity

This week the Senate is scheduled to take up H.R. 6304, The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the latest iteration of controversial legislation to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill passed the House on June 20th. One of the most interesting elements of the debate is the apparently contradictory positions presidential candidate Barack […]