WSJ: FISA Compromise Reached

By June 19, 2008General

From the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of partisan acrimony over government surveillance powers, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed to a bipartisan deal that would be the most sweeping rewrite of spy powers in three decades. The House is likely to vote on the measure Friday, House aides said.


Critical to sealing the deal was a compromise that would grant conditional immunity to telecommunications companies for assistance they provided from September 2001 through January 2007. If the companies can show a federal district court judge “substantial evidence” they received a written request from the attorney general or head of an intelligence agency stating the president authorized the surveillance and determined it to be lawful, the cases against them will be dismissed.


UPDATE (Noon): Politico has a story and a link to the legislative language. The provisions affecting the telecoms are in Section 201, starting on page 85 of the draft bill.


Leave a Reply