ACLU officials met with Justice Department officials yesterday to learn more about the administration’s surveillance efforts under FISA. Wouldn’t you know it, the DoJ was less than forthcoming.
Dear Mr. Attorney General:
Today, my staff was briefed by the Justice Department regarding guidelines to institute the new foreign to domestic wiretapping authority Congress granted to you this month by The Protect America Act.
Regrettably, my colleagues reported that they learned virtually nothing new about how you intend to use the broad new authority to intercept emails and phone calls when one party is in the U.S., or how those U.S. people will be protected from unwarranted government intrusion. With so much at stake, the public needs to have a fuller understanding of what its Justice Department will be doing with its most private communications.
Who could have guessed?