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NSA: Das grosse Daten/fressen wird legal
Am Überwachungsprogramm der NSA selbst habe sich nichts geändert, sprach der Präsident, nur stimme nun halt auch ein Gericht jedem Überwachungsvorgang zu. Dieses Gericht wird allerhand zu tun haben, wenn die NSA weiterhin 10 Gigabit Traffic in der Sekunde in den AT&T Netzen filtert.
Gonzales offered few answers, maintaining during 3 1/2 hours of sharp rebukes that disclosing details of the program would expose sensitive security information.

His resistance was underscored by a letter from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's presiding judge, offering to detail some of its new authority with lawmakers if allowed to by the Bush administration.

"Are you saying that you might object to the court giving us a decision that you publicly announced?" Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., asked. "Are we a little Alice in Wonderland here?"


Bush on Thursday denied there had been any change in the program, other than to receive a court's blessing of it.


He added: "Nothing has changed in the program except the court has said we've analyzed it and it's a legitimate way to protect the country."


"I think we have to assume these are broad program warrants, barring some comment from you," Schumer responded. He added: "If it's a broad program warrant, it really isn't very satisfying in terms of protection that the Constitution requires."

Gonzales later added that the warrants go "above and beyond what we normally find in a FISA order to ensure that any information that shouldn't be collected is destroyed in an appropriate way."

"However, the court's practice is to refer any requests for classified information to the Department of Justice. In this instance, the documents that are responsive to your request contain classified information and, therefore, I would ask you to discuss the matter with the attorney general or his representatives," Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the Jan. 17 letter.


Officials would not say whether case-by-case basis decisions on surveillance of Americans are now made by FISA judges or by NSA officials

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