Thursday, January 18, 2007

FISA court will supervise surveillance

The Bush administration agreed to remove a wiretapping and surveillance program run by the National Security Agency (at Ft. Meade, Md, halfway between Washington and Baltimore) without court supervision, and obtain approval from a secret FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court before eavesdropping on telephone, cell phone, or email or chat conversations overseas with suspicious parties. The Justice Department has notified the Sixth Circuit.

I receive perhaps 20 spam messages from overseas every day, removed by the AOL spam filter, and probably several of them daily relate to the "Nigerian scam." This is well known and not of much concern (except for people who fall for them), as prosecutions are difficult in practice. Since 2002 I have received at least two overseas emails that were disturbing enough in content to be reported to law enforcement. Websites like mine may sometimes attract persons who want to disclose such information.

The Washington Post story is by Dan Eggen, Jan. 18, 2007, at this link. The DC Examiner story is by Lara Jakes Jordan, at this link.

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