Proposed Surveillance Powers Stall FISA Update

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Congress is struggling to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before leaving town for a monthlong recess.

The Bush administration wants to allow the attorney general to order secret surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects without going through the FISA court.

Democrats are reluctant to give such power to any attorney general, let alone the incumbent.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.