Specter's bill would require the Justice Department to provide the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FJC backgrounder] with "a statement of the facts and circumstances" leading the DOJ to believe that at least one party to the communications to be intercepted will have non-US ties, along with a "detailed description of the nature of the information sought." The proposal would also require the administration to provide more information about the NSA program to House and Senate intelligence leaders. The administration has backed an alternative proposal that would specifically exempt the NSA program from FISA. Charles Babington of the Washington Post has more.
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