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Each of these bills would have broadened the statutory authorization for electronic surveillance, while subjecting it to some restrictions.
On January 17, 2007, Gonzales informed Senate leaders that the program would not be reauthorized.
"NSA wiretapping" and "NSA warrantless surveillance" redirect here.
As part of the program, the Terrorist Surveillance Program was established pursuant to an executive order that authorized the NSA to surveil certain telephone calls without obtaining a warrant (see 50 U. The Wiretap Act prohibits any person from illegally intercepting, disclosing, using or divulging phone calls or electronic communications; this is punishable with a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.Gonzales said the program authorized warrantless intercepts where the government had "a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication is a member of al Qaeda, affiliated with al Qaeda, or a member of an organization affiliated with al Qaeda, or working in support of al Qaeda" and that one party to the conversation was "outside of the United States".The revelation raised immediate concern among elected officials, civil right activists, legal scholars and the public at large about the legality and constitutionality of the program and its potential for abuse.The delay drew criticism, claiming that an earlier publication could have changed the election's outcome.