Revision of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

September 17, 2007 Constitution Day

President Bush signed the latest version on August 5.WILPF strongly opposes this further intrusion on our democratic rights to privacy and urges our members, legislators and concerned citizens to work against its implementation and a further erosion of people's rights that will move us closer to dictatorship and away from democratic process.

However, surveillance orders in place at its sunset are effective up to a full year and through Bush's tenure.In fact, a little-noted provision of the FISA bill may allow the administration's new eavesdropping power to continue beyond the term of this president.

This bill continues the erosion, underway since 9/11, of the balance between security and freedom.Terrorists arise from a context.They do not act randomly and without political aims."Americans think the threat is terrorism.Democrats have allowed Mr.Bush and his fear-mongering to dominate all discussion on terrorism and national security.They don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution.Terrorists are not anything like the threat we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism," according to Graves.

The Women's International League for Peace & Freedom/US Section rejects the new FISA bill as an extension of policy antithetical to democracy and, therefore, to peace.

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