The Curious Section 126 of the Patriot Act

by | Dec 29, 2005 | Stress Blog

William Arkin has some bad news:

“The Curious Section 126 of the Patriot Act

What is it that the National Security Agency began doing after 9/11 that necessitated Presidential authorization for warantless surveillance?

We have all learned in the past week that the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act of 1978 contains provisions that allow the government to conduct quick reaction surveillance of an individual and go to the court afterwards for a warrant.

So what would the NSA need to do that isn’t covered by the provisions of FISA?

My guess is the government decided after 9/11 to monitor everyone.”

Like you didn’t know that.

Read the rest here. (And get a load of the state’s defenders in the comments section)

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