June 7, 2006
The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred asking telephone companies if and why they handed over the phone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency (NSA). In return, the White House may be considering a bill proposed by Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA). The latest version of the bill would gut judicial review of domestic wiretaps and retroactively validate the NSA programs. CDT has repeatedly called on Congress to obtain the full facts about the NSA surveillance programs before making any legislative decisions. The Judiciary Committee's latest (in)action would frustrate that process, and leave not only innocent Americans but also the full Congress in the dark about domestic spying activities.