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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 House Scorecard description On June 20, 2008, the House passed the For On June 20, 2008, the House passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304) by a vote of 293-129. The ACLU opposed this legislation due to its failure to protect Fourth Amendment privacy rights for individual Americans. Specifically, it authorizes an unlawful warrantless surveillance program, while providing effective immunity to those telecommunications companies that assisted government surveillance even before the facts surrounding the full extent of this program are known. the full extent of this program are known.
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 House Scorecard position Nay +
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 House Scorecard source Http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList +
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 Senate Scorecard description On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, by a vote of 35-63, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2007 (S. 2248) that would have ensured greater safeguards for the private communications of Americans. If in the process of collecting electronic communications, it is discovered that an American is a party to it, the government can only use and disseminate that communication if it was acting with a court order; there is an national emergency; at least one person is a terrorist or the communication is about terrorism; or it contains evidence of a crime. The ACLU supported the Feingold Amendment because it would have provided important privacy safeguards for the communications of Americans. uards for the communications of Americans. , On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, by a vote of 31-67, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2007 (S. 2248) that would have removed immunity from civil liability for those telecommunications companies that participated in the government's warrantless wiretapping program. The ACLU supported the Dodd Amendment because the full extent of the government's illegal wiretapping program and the role that certain telecommunications played in it remains unknown. Giving companies that broke the law a congressional pardon before the facts are known is wrong. ardon before the facts are known is wrong. , On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, by a vote of 37-60, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2007 (S. 2248) that would have prevented the government from engaging in massive, untargeted collection of all communications coming in and going out of the U.S. The ACLU supported the Feingold Amendment because preventing the bulk collection of communications and ensuring that investigations are focused on an individual or individuals goes to the heart of the fourth amendment and fundamental privacy protections. dment and fundamental privacy protections.
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 Senate Scorecard position Aye +
American Civil Liberties Union 2007 Senate Scorecard source Http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList + , Http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?congress=110&location=S&page=voteList&lcmd=next&lcmd cf=&lcmdrow.chk selected=&lcmdrow.chk deselected=&lcmdrow.chk selected=&lcmdrow.chk deselected= +
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard description Passage of a bill to amend the 1978 Foreig Passage of a bill to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that authorizes warrantless surveillance of foreign targets, even if they are communicating with someone in the United States. The amendment would authorize the FISA court to approve several aspects of how such surveillance is conducted and grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program. It would sunset in six years. nce program. It would sunset in six years.
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard position Nay +
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php +
Bill of vote Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 + , FISA Amendments Act of 2008 + , RESTORE Act (2007 FISA bill) +
Billnumber H6304 +
Chamber 111th United States Congress + , U.S. Senate +
Congress number 110th +
Congressnumber 110 +
Modification date
National Journal 2008 House Scorecard description Overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications firms that assisted with surveillance. June 20. (293-129)
National Journal 2008 House Scorecard position Aye +
National Journal 2008 House Scorecard source Http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs 20090228 4813.php +
National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard description Pass an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications companies. , Table a Democratic plan overhauling the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that would restrict government authority and allow lawsuits against telecommunications companies that support such surveillance. January 24. (60-36) , Sequester communications of people in the United States obtained by surveillance agencies for review by independent overseers. February 7. (40-56) , Make the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act the exclusive authority for government wiretapping. February 12. (57-41; 60 votes required for passage because of a unanimous consent agreement) , Eliminate retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications companies that helped the government's surveillance programs. February 12. (31-67) , Provide retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies only after an initial court review. February 12. (41-57; 60 votes required for passage because of a unanimous consent agreement).
National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard position Aye + , Nay +
National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs 20090228 4813.php +
Roll call number 437 + , 168 + , 2 + , 11 + , 13 + , 14 + , 15 + , 16 + , 18 + , 20 +
Scorecard vote American Civil Liberties Union 2007-2008 House Scorecard + , National Journal 2008 House Scorecard + , National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard + , American Civil Liberties Union 2007 Senate Scorecard + , Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard +
Session number 2 +
Categories Economic Policy (U.S.)  + , U.S. legislation  + , Record votes  +
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