MSNBC Countdown : FISA : Supreme Court says No

Keith Olbermann

Supreme Court says no to FISA

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to turn down the ACLU’s legal challenge to President Bush’s domestic spying program.



The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 is a U.S. federal law prescribing procedures for the physical & electronic surveillance & collection of “foreign intelligence information” between or among “foreign powers” on territory under United States control.

FISA is codified in 50 U.S.C. 1801–1811, 1821–29, 1841–46, and 1861–62.

The subchapters of FISA provide for:

– Electronic Surveillance
– Physical Searches
– Pen Registers and Trap & Trace Devices for Foreign Intelligence Purposes
– Access to certain Business Records for Foreign Intelligence Purposes

The act created a court which meets in secret, & approves or denies requests for search warrants.
Only the number of warrants applied for, issued and denied, is reported.

In 1980 (the first full year after its inception), it approved 322 warrants.
This number has steadily grown to 2224 warrants in 2006.
Only 5 warrants have been rejected since the court first met in 1979.

The Act was amended by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, primarily to include terrorism on behalf of groups that are not specifically backed by a foreign government.

An overhaul of the bill, the Protect America Act of 2007 was signed into law on 2007-08-05.





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16 thoughts on “MSNBC Countdown : FISA : Supreme Court says No


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:13 am)

    What is the song in …
    What is the song in the beginning!?!?!


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:13 am)

    All those judges …
    All those judges look liked Masoners to me. After a while of looking at Masoners in the face and in videos/pics, you begin to see a visual pattern. Heh, THEORY!



    (March 27, 2010 - 11:13 am)

    unfortunately yes.. …
    unfortunately yes…I wonder what else will be pushed through before Bush’s time is up? Isn’t it nice of Obama to say he WOULDN’T vote for this…but then does and gives the statement “I wanted to go along with the majority?”

    Thanks for the share.


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    are people still …
    are people still paying their taxes to this administration?


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    why dont olbyhack …
    why dont olbyhack EVER say just who of the 40 and there lawyers want to sue the telecomes for MILLIONS??? 40 out of 300 million people… why so much MONEY??? and does SOROS and the old hippies of EFF along with the lawyers frow the ACLU have their fingers in the pie??? olbyHACK allways has so many facts and details when it fits his propaganda.. WHY NOT NOW??? and WHY SO MUCH MONEY??? and you will get to pay it in your phone bill!!!


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    Well what would Ron …
    Well what would Ron Paul do about this issue? I don’t think he’d do much. Ron Paul has made his feelings about the Supreme Court very clear with his “We The People Act.” This legislation fortunately didn’t even make it onto the Congressional floor for a vote. But, if it had and passed, it would have limited SCOTUS’ power to overturn excessively restrictive laws. Ron Paul pretends to care a lot about liberty, but yet he constantly tries to prevent the Court from protecting it.


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    So is the supreme …
    So is the supreme court now the last branch of gouvernment which has proved to be worse than in an arbitrary banana republic?


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    Unlimited …
    Unlimited Eavesdropping will result in Money making oppurtunities like never before seen. With insider trading deals by CIA Heads and Pre attack business trades in stock market and currencie trading for an insight to big money. But the idiot public has “Faith” nobody would ever missuse info so they are blind to it all. SUCKERS!


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    Sadly, I think this …
    Sadly, I think this all rests with Congressman Conyers. I keep wishing that more Americans would wake up and act.. do something.. at least talk about all of this. The polls indicate that the majority of Americans want impeachment, but until there is a crying out for it, the hearings will remain off the table. These crimes can’t continue. Call Conyers.. call everyone. It’s never too late to impeach.


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    I think they need …
    I think they need to clarify who controls the agenda of the Supreme Court. Doesnt the Supreme Court Chief Justice decide the docket (agenda) of what the court hears?


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    I noticed that too. …
    I noticed that too….


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)


    Ron …

    Ron Paul my President


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    was it just …
    was it just coincidence that when they were dogging on Congress, saying they aren’t doing anything about this, they had Kucinich on the screen? He being one of the only Congressmen who would have spoken out against this?


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    pathetic. Our …
    pathetic. Our founding fathers are ashamed at what we let the Government get away with. Reason #865379 to support Ron Paul


    (March 27, 2010 - 11:14 am)

    It is not Bush .. …
    It is not Bush .. it is coming from someone else ! Even Bush might be laughing before going to sleep as to what stuff these days he is signing!

    Leonardo Sullivan

    (April 3, 2010 - 9:52 am)

    Without sounding like I am stating the obvious I assume that you are trying to teach us bloggers something with this post . So I will say what I have learned and APPLIED from reading this site and this post.

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