The American Library Association is deeply disappointed that earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act (S. 2248), without important civil liberties amendments that would have added some privacy protections to the surveillance standards in FISA.
The library community acknowledges the efforts of Senators Feingold, Dodd, Cardin, and others who, with their various amendments, tried to bring reasonable civil liberties standards and protections into the bill.
“S. 2248 is now a highly flawed bill that would continue to allow inappropriate warrantless surveillance and other intrusions into our civil liberties and privacy, especially relating to communicating with those outside of the United States.” said Lynne Bradley, Director of ALA’s Office of Government Relations. “