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Senate Proceeding on Feb 4th, 2008 :: 0:52:15 to 0:55:47
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Charles Schumer

0:40:12 to 0:52:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charles Schumer

Charles Schumer

0:51:56 to 0:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: to the record as this point in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. who yields time? the senator from west virginia. mr. rockefeller: mr. president, i'd like to support

John Rockefeller

0:52:15 to 0:52:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: my -- support the amendment of senator whitehouse that there is specific written authority for the fisa to review and assess compliance with the minimization procedures with the bill's new acquisition

John Rockefeller

0:52:15 to 0:55:47( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

0:52:30 to 0:52:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: collections. one of the most serious deficiencies in the protect america act was the fisa court not given a role, at all, in the minimization procedures. that was given to the attorney general

John Rockefeller

0:52:43 to 0:52:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and to the director of national intelligence for collection activity. that was fine but it was insufficient. minimization procedures are the procedures that govern the treatment of nonpublic information.

John Rockefeller

0:52:58 to 0:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: this has been expressed in various ways by various speakers. but it's the treatment of nonpublic information concerning americans in the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of foreign intelligence.

John Rockefeller

0:53:09 to 0:53:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the intelligence committee's bill dressed this deficiency in the protect america act by requiring the court to review and approve minimization procedures. the committee, however, learned and then

John Rockefeller

0:53:24 to 0:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: was happy to take from in our discussions, the judiciary committee's better approach to this. we did not in the intelligence committee explicitly authorize the court to express compliance with the procedures

John Rockefeller

0:53:43 to 0:53:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and as the senator from rhode island and new york have pointed out, there's no point in having something on the books if you can't be sure it's going it be complied with. so, compliance is a sacred

John Rockefeller

0:53:55 to 0:54:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: principle. senator whitehouse's amendment assures the court could assess the executive branch's compliance with the procedures, be provided with information it needs to make the assessment and have

John Rockefeller

0:54:07 to 0:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the authority to enforce its assessment. the administration objected to the provision reported from the judiciary committee allowing the fisa court to review compliance with minimization procedures

John Rockefeller

0:54:26 to 0:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: as being what it called a massive expansion of the court's role. the administration has also argued that there are enough other oversight mechanisms already doing this. the attorney general, the director

John Rockefeller

0:54:44 to 0:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of national intelligence, the inspectors generals of the intelligence agencies -- i respectfully, mr. president, disagree with that assessment. assessing comebliance is compliance is inherent in the fisa court

John Rockefeller

0:54:58 to 0:55:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: role in approving minimization procedures in the first place. in fact, without the compliance part of it, the first parts are nice but not significant. having the court assess compliance with the

John Rockefeller

0:55:13 to 0:55:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: minimization procedures is an important safeguard to ensure that there is due care in the handling of, as i say, nonpublic information concerning u.s. person i, therefore, urge the adoption of this amendment.

John Rockefeller

0:55:30 to 0:55:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i yield my time. the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mr. bond: mr. president, i yield myself five minutes and i ask that the balance of the time on this side be reserved. senators hatch

Christopher S. Bond

0:55:47 to 0:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: and sessions and others want to speak so ask that be reserved for them to speak. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. whitehouse: would the chairman yield

Christopher S. Bond

0:55:47 to 1:00:36( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

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