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Senate Proceeding on Feb 4th, 2008 :: 1:20:52 to 1:26:39
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Russell Feingold

1:01:08 to 1:20:52( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Russell Feingold

Russell Feingold

1:20:37 to 1:20:52( Edit History Discussion )

Russell Feingold: i would like to thank the senator from wisconsin for his fine work on this amendment. my comments today will indicate my full support for it. i would hope this body would use its wise judgment to put

Jon Tester

1:20:52 to 1:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: this on the intelligence bill as it comes forth. i think it's critically important we move this amendment forward to protect american citizens from unwarranted wiretapping. let me just say i'm very glad we finally

Jon Tester

1:20:52 to 1:26:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

1:21:02 to 1:21:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: reached an agreement open the amendments to the intelligence committee bill that would replace current law. that current law being the "protect america act." i voted against the protect america act last

Jon Tester

1:21:13 to 1:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: august because it included measures permitsing the federal government to -- permitting the federal government to conduct warrantless wiretapping and intercept innocent americans' communications. we all recognize

Jon Tester

1:21:24 to 1:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the need for our government to have the necessary tools to keep us safe. that is at the forefront in all of our minds. but, at the same time, we must do this in a way that protects our civil liberties

Jon Tester

1:22:06 to 1:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: and constitutional rights to privacy. a number of amendments have been offered with that goal in mind. including the one i rise to talk about today be the feingold-webb-tester amendment requiring

Jon Tester

1:22:09 to 1:22:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: that all inadvertent surveillance of a u.s. person, someone a u.s. citizen, a legal permanent residents, or a u.s. corporation, be tagged and sequestered. right now, under the protect america act,

Jon Tester

1:22:12 to 1:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: and under the intelligence committee bill we are currently debating, the government is authorized to have unfettered surveillance of all communications of all people outside of the united states without

Jon Tester

1:22:16 to 1:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: a warrant. this act says it would be extended to americans here in the united states at the other end of the phone call or e-mail message. americans abroad or those who receive communications from

Jon Tester

1:22:26 to 1:22:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: abirthday could be wiretapped without a warrant. that deficiency is what this amendment addresses. let me be clear, mr. president, this amendment does thought stop surveillance from happening. it

Jon Tester

1:22:42 to 1:22:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: merely sets a higher threshhold for access to communications that involve americans. let me repeat that, it sets a higher threshhold for access to communications for those that involve americans. the

Jon Tester

1:22:52 to 1:23:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: feingold-webb-tester amendment will not impede the llection of foreign intelligence information or compromise national security but merely require that intelligence intercepted overseas of an american citizen's

Jon Tester

1:23:05 to 1:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: communications would have to be tagged and sequestered before it could be accessed. to be accessed, the intelligence community would have to have a specific warrant to review americans overseas communications

Jon Tester

1:23:20 to 1:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: so why is this necessary? because in the past, the administration implemented a warrantless surveillance program which severely encroached upon our rights against unauthorized search and seizure. under the

Jon Tester

1:23:33 to 1:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: protect america act, when we monitor foreign commun ication there is no requirement that anyone involved in the communication be under any suspicion of wrongdoing. as a result, simply communicating with

Jon Tester

1:23:45 to 1:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: someone in a foreign country opens any american open to surveillance. this is most often the case when the conversation starts abroad and ends up with someone in the united states. why? because the

Jon Tester

1:24:00 to 1:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: government must meet only two criteria: that at least one party to the communication be outside the united states; and that the purpose of the surveillance is to obtain foreign intelligence. this

Jon Tester

1:24:11 to 1:24:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: overreaching protocol is even more expensive than the administration's illegal warrantless wiretapping program focused on people targetd because of their involvement with suspected terrorists. i am opposed

Jon Tester

1:24:23 to 1:24:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to the widespread wiretapping and surveillance of innocent americans. the director of national intelligence has openly stated that the country law, the protect america act, allows both collection of

Jon Tester

1:24:33 to 1:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: all international communications into and out of the united states well beyond what the government says it needs to protect the american people. further amendments that will be offered during the course

Jon Tester

1:24:47 to 1:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: of this debate that explicitly state such widespread collection of all international communication is not authorized. however, as it stands, any time you communicate with someone overseas by e-mail

Jon Tester

1:24:59 to 1:25:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: or by phone, your conversation could very well end up in a g database somewhere -- in a government database. these day, international communications are commonplace and many americans have friends and

Jon Tester

1:25:09 to 1:25:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: family living overseas, studying or for business or vacation. when they return, they often keep in touch with the friends they have made while living abirthday. for example, if you are on a vacation

Jon Tester

1:25:23 to 1:25:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: in europe and call home to check on yourlderly parents, the entire conversation could get caught in the cross hairs of this foreign surveillance program. that is not right. and it does not make any

Jon Tester

1:25:38 to 1:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: sense. it opens up innocent americans to the unrestricted surveillance of wholly innocent conversations by the government. this is not what americans expect or deserve. we must act to ensure that such

Jon Tester

1:25:54 to 1:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: communications caught in the widely cast net of surveillance are segregated or specifically designated so the privacy concerns can be minimized. this amendment, the feingold-webb-tester amendment

Jon Tester

1:26:07 to 1:26:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: requires this information be kept as a way to protect the privacy rights of those people who innocently found themselves under surveillance much the content is not destroyed but investigators have to go through

Jon Tester

1:26:20 to 1:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: additional steps to access it in the future. the foreign intelligence surveillance act is meant for foreign surveillance. our amendment reiterates that focus and protects americans from the accidental

James Webb

1:26:39 to 1:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: but very real intrusion of our right to privacy. i don't want my granddaughter, my wife, your kids or any other members to have their communications monitored, stored away and then easily actionss

James Webb

1:26:39 to 1:37:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

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