[ISN] FBI's Wish is Granted

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Fri Oct 09 1998 - 18:06:59 PDT

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    FBI's Wish is Granted
    By Niall McKay
    4:00 a.m.  9.Oct.98.PDT
    US lawmakers inserted a provision expanding the FBI's capacity to
    eavesdrop on American citizens into an intelligence budget bill, provoking
    sharp criticism from civil libertarians and a conservative member of
    The so-called roving wiretap provision, an item on the FBI's controversial
    wish list, was added to the Intelligence Authorization Act, (HR3694) late
    Wednesday, said Representative Bob Barr (R-Georgia). 
    "Under this new law, the federal government will have the ability to
    eavesdrop on each and every one of us,"  said Barr, a former federal
    prosecutor and ex-CIA analyst who is running for a third term. 
    The provision, which allows law enforcement agencies to tap telephones
    used by or near targeted individuals rather than requiring authorization
    to tap specific phones, was rejected by Congress as part of the 1996
    Anti-Terrorism bill. 
    It was introduced by a joint committee charged with reconciling the House
    and Senate versions of the intelligence budget. 
    "This is a sneaky attack on the privacy rights of Americans," Greg Nojeim,
    ACLU Legislative Counsel. 
    Patrick Poole, deputy director of the Free Congress Foundation, called it
    a case of bill stuffing. Every year in the last few days of congress the
    FBI tries to sneak previously rejected legislation into must-pass
    legislation, including budgets, Poole said. 
    "There is a flaw in the process that law makers take advantage of to pass
    controversial laws that do not stand up to open debate," said Poole. "This
    is how they managed to make the National Identity Cards Law." 
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