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Secrecy News -- 08/29/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 12:00:01 -0400
Archived: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 15:49:02 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 08/29/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 88
August 29, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	CRS ON "THE PROTECT AMERICA ACT"
**	CRS ON BRIDGES AND TRAINS
**	CRS ON VARIOUS TOPICS


CRS ON "THE PROTECT AMERICA ACT"

The controversial amendments to the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act (FISA) that were enacted under intense
Administration pressure earlier this month are reviewed section-
by-section in a new report from the Congressional Research
Service.

The legislation, dubbed the "Protect America Act of 2007,"
removed legal impediments to the interception of foreign
communications that pass through the United States. But it also
redefined the terms of the FISA so as to permit increased
surveillance of communications involving persons in the United
States while curtailing judicial supervision.

The new CRS report offers a careful reading of each provision of
the Act.

But instead of fully clarifying its impact, the report serves to
highlight just how unclear and indeterminate the new law
actually is.

Thus, one provision "could conceivably be interpreted" to apply
to parties within the United States. Another provision "might be
seen to be susceptible of two possible interpretations." Still
others "appear to" or "would seem to" or "may also" have one
uncertain consequence or another.

In other words, the new law bears the hallmarks of its hasty,
poorly considered origins.

The new CRS report may help to identify some of the questions
that Congress will examine when it revisits the legislation next
month.

A copy of the report was obtained by Secrecy News.

See "P.L. 110-55, the Protect America Act of 2007: Modifications
to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," August 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL34143.pdf


CRS ON BRIDGES AND TRAINS

Recent reports from the Congressional Research Service on
transportation security and related issues include the
following.

"Highway Bridges: Conditions and the Federal/State Role," August
10, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34127.pdf

"Federal Railroad Safety Programs: Selected Issues in Proposed
Reauthorization Legislation," August 10, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34128.pdf

"Transportation Security: Issues for the 110th Congress,"
updated August 3, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33512.pdf


CRS ON VARIOUS TOPICS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service
that have not been made readily available to the public include
these.

"Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Transformational Diplomacy,"
August 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34141.pdf

"U.S. Foreign Aid to East and South Asia: Selected Recipients,"
updated August 22, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL31362.pdf

"The Role of National Oil Companies in the International Oil
Market," August 21, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34137.pdf

"The War Crimes Act: Current Issues," updated July 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33662.pdf

"Manipulating Molecules: Federal Support for Nanotechnology
Research," updated August 2, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20589.pdf



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