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Monday, December 19, 2005

72 Hours

The gist of Bush's defense, as stated at his press conference today, was that they needed to react "quick to detect and prevent" terrorist threats. They simply could not waste any time obtaining warrants -- which may hold some water, if not for this little tidbit within the FISA code:
Under "extraordinary" circumstances, the government also can wait 72 hours after beginning wiretaps to get a warrant, but the administration did not seek to do that under the special program, which monitors the international communications of some people inside the United States.
Mr. President, what say you?

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