OSPC Statement on FISA Amendments Act
The Open Society Policy Center opposes today's Senate passage of H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act, because it does not adequately protect the privacy rights of Americans. The bill improperly provides immunity to telecommunications corporations for their prior illegal surveillance activities.

July 9, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

WASHINGTON–The Open Society Policy Center opposes today’s Senate passage of H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act, because it does not adequately protect the privacy rights of Americans. The bill improperly provides immunity to telecommunications corporations for their prior illegal surveillance activities.

The legislation fails to provide adequate protection to assure that the communications of Americans will not be acquired in violation of their Fourth Amendment Rights. The FISA Court should have been given broader and more explicit authority to supervise the surveillance and to assure the protection of Fourth Amendment rights.

OSPC remains committed to working with the Senate and the House to revise this legislation so that it fully protects the privacy rights of Americans, a vital part our Constitutional tradition.

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