FISA Works

But it requires the over politicized DOJ to pull their heads out of their asses. It took these dumb bastards NINE hours to get a special FISA approval.

The original FISA law generally requires court orders if the government conducts electronic surveillance on U.S. soil. It allows the attorney general to authorize surveillance in emergencies without a court order for up to 72 hours, provided the government has probable cause to believe it is eavesdropping on an agent of a foreign power.

Here’s the timeline:

The soldiers were ambushed on May 12 south of Baghdad. On May 13 and 14, intelligence officials got leads on insurgent communications they believed were related to the case, and on May 14 the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was asked for and granted a court order to target some communications.

On May 15, intelligence agents met at 10 a.m. to discuss collecting additional intelligence. By 10:52 a.m., the NSA had notified the Justice Department it would need a FISA order for some of it.

At 12:53 p.m., the NSA general counsel agreed that all the requirements for an emergency FISA authorization existed. The attorney general makes the authorization.

From 12:53 p.m. until 5:15 p.m., “administration lawyers and intelligence officials discussed various legal and operational issues associated with the surveillance.”

At 5:15 p.m., they made the formal request for emergency authority to the Justice Department’s FISA office, the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.

Fifteen minutes later, the OIPR attorney on duty attempted to reach the solicitor general, Paul D. Clement, who in Gonzales’ absence was acting attorney general. Clement had left for the day.

Nearly two hours later, at 7:18 p.m., Gonzales authorized the requested surveillance. The FBI was notified, and at 7:28 p.m., the FBI notified intelligence agencies and personnel of the approval. Surveillance began at 7:38 p.m.

NEWSFLASH for all the dumbasses at DOJ: Make sure you know where the AG or his authorized representative is. WE ARE IN A WAR AND LIVES ARE AT STAKE!

UPDATE: We are not at War. Only our brave men and women in uniform are at War. Sorry for the misunderstanding. My apologies to all the hard working REMF’s at DOJ.


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