Thursday, January 05, 2006


Title 50, Chapter 36, Subchapter I, Section 1802 of the US Code.
Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath that
(A) the electronic surveillance is solely directed at (i) the acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers…
(B) there is no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party; and
(C) the proposed minimization procedures with respect to such surveillance meet the definition of minimization procedures under section 1801 (h) of this title; and
if the Attorney General reports such minimization procedures and any changes thereto to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at least thirty days prior to their effective date, unless the Attorney General determines immediate action is required and notifies the committees immediately of such minimization procedures and the reason for their becoming effective immediately.


Section 1809
An offense described in this section is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

Nobody is above the law...Forget the 10 about not less than five years?...


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    2. Don't forget this, Lyle:

      RepJane Harman says:
      "Now that the President has publicly disclosed the existence of a classified NSA program, I believe the full intelligence committees must be briefed. As I stated in a letter I sent the president yesterday, the President is required to keep the congressional intelligence committees "fully and currently" informed of all intelligence activities. The 1947 National Security Act only permits the President to limit the briefings to the so-called Gang of 8 for "covert action" programs. Covert action is defined as "activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent." The NSA program is not a covert action.

      After carefully reviewing the statue, I now believe the practice of briefing only certain Members of the intelligence committees violates the specific requirements of the law."

      We can't let our sense of futy to throw him in Jail for one thing obstruct our delight at throwing him in Jail for some others.