Man Without Qualities

Thursday, October 24, 2002

The Continuing Burden of FISA

In the aftermath of the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, there was widespread discussion and confusion about the role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Stuart Taylor does a fine job as a voice in the wilderness clearing up some of the confusion in his recent column. The column opens with:

I vote for dumbing down the rules. Or watering them down, if that might help our all-too-human FBI prevent mass murders. First we should water down the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which -- even as amended in the wake of 9/11 -- makes it harder than it should be to investigate suspected international terrorists such as Zacarias Moussaoui.

I completely agree. The whole column is well worth reading.

The problems with FISA have not been fixed, and those problems will lead to further massive American deaths and additional vast destruction.

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