Saturday, August 18, 2007


The middle paragraph is the key one--you have to actually think about the consequences of laws and their meaning before legislating them based on the executive branch playing politics with the terrorism trump card.
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Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include — without court approval — certain types of physical searches on American soil and the collection of Americans’ business records, Democratic Congressional officials and other experts said.
The dispute illustrates how lawmakers, in a frenetic, end-of-session scramble, passed legislation they may not have fully understood and may have given the administration more surveillance powers than it sought.
It also offers a case study in how changing a few words in a complex piece of legislation has the potential to fundamentally alter the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a landmark national security law. The new legislation is set to expire in less than six months; two weeks after it was signed into law, there is still heated debate over how much power Congress gave to the president.
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At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Durwin Foster said...

Hi Chris: I'd like to follow you into your world of integral politics -- you seem to have analyzed this stuff at a high level. Yet, I would need you to provide more context to really make sense of some of your posts.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger CJ Smith said...


Sorry late in responding. My internet connection been squibby of late.

The two main sources of my political thought (outside of Wilber) are Thomas Barnett and John Robb. Check out their blogs & books.

Other writers I like: Juan Cole, Fareed Zakaria, George Packer, Steve Clemons, the New America Foundation Crew, and (some of) the Bloggingheads Folks, e.g. Robert Wright, Daniel Drezner.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger CJ Smith said...

Forgot Martin Walker (UPI) and David Ignatius (WashingtonPost).

But the long term vision is Barnett. The long term obstacles is Robb.


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