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FISA falsehoods.

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National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell argued in an op-ed today for limiting restrictions on domestic surveillance, saying of the 1978 FISA law:

Technology and threats have changed, but the law remains essentially the same. … Because the law has not been changed to reflect technological advancements, we are missing potentially valuable intelligence needed to protect America.”

But as Glenn Greenwald notes, Congress altered and “modernized” FISA in 2001, prompting President Bush to say:

The bill before me takes account of the new realities and dangers posed by modern terrorists. … The existing law was written in the era of rotary telephones. This new law I sign today will allow surveillance of all communications used by terrorists, including e-mails, the Internet, and cell phones.

Read Greenwald’s full piece.