The US government has made a bit of a concession on its controversial wire tapping program. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the program operated by the NSA would now be overseen by a court. Gonzales has proposed making the programme accountable to a secret military court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ( FISC), which sits in Washington behind closed doors.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 allows the FISC to authorise surveillance of phone and net traffic as well as physical surveillance. The NSA is accused in a suit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) of operating an unconstitutional surveillance programme, which monitors the telephone traffic of US citizens. It accuses telco AT&T of allowing the NSA access to its networks, an accusation to which the company has not directly responded. The EFF said that it was not yet clear if Gonzales's move affects its lawsuit.


Edited by int (01/19/07 11:52 AM)
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