Monday, October 15, 2007

Reality of FISA

We have heard many arguments on the effects of FISA. Reasonable people have stood on both sides of the argument....liberty vs. the pursuit of terror.

Today's New York Post outlines how these theoretical arguments can have true impact on the lives of real men fighting a real war against real terrorists.

Sometime before dawn, heavily armed al Qaeda gunmen quietly cut through the tangles of concertina wire surrounding the outpost of two Humvees and made a massive and coordinated surprise attack.

Four of the soldiers were killed on the spot and three others were taken hostage.

A search to rescue the men was quickly launched. But it soon ground to a halt as lawyers - obeying strict U.S. laws about surveillance - cobbled together the legal grounds for wiretapping the suspected kidnappers.

Starting at 10 a.m. on May 15, according to a timeline provided to Congress by the director of national intelligence, lawyers for the National Security Agency met and determined that special approval from the attorney general would be required first.

For an excruciating nine hours and 38 minutes, searchers in Iraq waited as U.S. lawyers discussed legal issues and hammered out the "probable cause" necessary for the attorney general to grant such "emergency" permission.
The whole story at the New York Post found via Michelle Malkin.

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