|As the bill currently stands, a court review will determine if providers received a presidential order requesting the wiretaps â€“ regardless of whether or not the correct warrants were filed â€“ and then drop all pending litigation if that condition was me|
|The â€œwarrantless wiretappingâ€ program, initiated by the Bush Administration in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ran for almost six years until it was discovered by the New York Times.|
|In addition to the aforementioned telecom immunity provisions, the FISA Amendments Bill would:
Allow the government to conduct emergency eavesdropping without court approval for up to a week.
Allow secret FISA courts to review expiring surveillance orders for up to 30 days before renewing them.
Prohibit the government from superseding surveillance rules, even if it invokes war powers.
Require court permission to wiretap Americans overseas.
Obscure out American citizensâ€™ names when wiretapping conversations between an American citizen and a foreigner.