The Senate considers major revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that would expand government powers while adding certain privacy safeguards. A look at the debate over authorizing broader warrants and immunity for Telecom companies.


  • Sen. Arlen Specter U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Suzanne Spaulding served as executive director of the congressionally-mandated National Commission on Terrorism; former minority staff director for House intelligence committee; former assistant general counsel at the CIA
  • Patrick Philbin former associate deputy attorney general (2003-2005) who oversaw Justice Department national security functions including electronic surveillance applications under the FISA statute; former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (2001-2003)
  • Caroline Fredrickson director of the Washington legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union

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