FISA Resources and References

The Liberty and Security coalition's Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress is an detailed forward-looking discussion. EFF’s What Obama Can and Should do to Stop Telecom Immunity, ACLU's transition plan, and CDT's Reform of the National Security Surveillance Laws and Procedures all have more.

Between July and September last summer, four bloggers wrote a number of articles analyzing the latest FISA law:

Earlier information is available below.

The Basics


The full text of the act is here.

Sen. Obama's statement on the FISA bill on June 20, 2008 and his June 25th press conference comments

The Senate FISA voting record is on ManitowocForObama.org. (Bonus: Also includes the original Patriot Act and Iraq War votes!) The House FISA voting record is here.

Sen. Feingold's Fact Sheet: The New FISA Bill: A Bad Deal June 23, 2008
Sen Chris Dodd's Eloquent Speech on the Dangers of H.R. 6304 (video and transcript), June 24, 2008
Sen Feingold Speaks in Support of the Dodd Amendment (video) July 8, 2008
Rep Holt Speech explaining his vote against H.R. 6304 (video and transcript) June 20, 2008

Lawsuits Filed Immediately After the New FISA Bill Passed/Signed into Law

  • ACLU suit in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, download pdf here.
  • Amnesty International et al suit in US District Court Southern District of New York, download pdf here.

Analysis of the current FISA bill (H.R. 6304)




Audio & Video

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Obama's Previous (and better) FISA Statements


October 2007: Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity
January 2008: 'I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill.'


The Legislative Picture


FISA Delayed until July 8 by mcjoan, June 26th
So what's up with "holds" in the Senate, anyway? by Kagro X
Senate Terms Glossary
What happened in the House: Democrats Capitulate on FISA


General FISA Info


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EPIC's FISA page


Also Of Interest


In Febuary 2008, Pres. Bush issued an executive order stripping the Intelligence Oversight Board of much of its power. DailyKos' smintheus notes that there's no role for the IOB in the new FISA bill.

Fact Sheet – Potential Feingold Amendments to FISA Bill

Ten Congressional Candidates Position on Civil Remedies for Illegal Surveillance

Addicted To War - Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism - since we are now in a constant state of war that will last forever, it's important to understand the forces behind your rights disappearing...reading this book is like taking the red pill - prepare to know the truth!
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Jayne Mayer - The Dark Side http://www.randomhouse.com/quizzes/index.cgi?darkside
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Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Warning: Mercenaries at Work http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174959/chalmers_johnson_warning_mercenaries_at_work

Electronic Frontier Foundation Multi-District Litigation Page

"Background: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications. In May, 2006, many other cases were filed against a variety of telecommunications companies. Subsequently the Multi-District Litigation Panel of the federal courts transferred approximately 40 cases to the Northern District of California federal court."
"This page collects pleadings and other information from the multi-district litigation that apply to all of the cases or that are not otherwise included in the specific case pages for the multi-district litigation arising from the warrantless wiretapping. This includes decisions that affect all of the cases together, case administration orders and related information, and information about the cases that are currently stayed or that have been dismissed." The page also has links to information about currently pending cases.