Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Smilin' Norm: Filibuster -- secret prisons, outing agents
So, what it so important in Senate Bill 372 that Smilin' Norm Coleman decided to vote against cloture? Apparently, Smilin' Norm is in favor of outing undercover agents and a network of secret prisons:
- (Sec. 308) Increases the maximum terms of imprisonment for the disclosure of agent information after access to either agent identifying information or classified information.
- (Sec. 310) Authorizes the sharing of information (as an exception to the Privacy Act) between IC elements when the information is relevant to a lawful and authorized foreign intelligence or counterintelligence activity.
- (Sec. 314) Directs the President to ensure that the government continues to comply with the authorization, notification, and reporting requirements of title V of the National Security Act of 1947 (concerning accountability for intelligence activities). Requires a report from the DNI to the intelligence committees on any clandestine prison or detention facilities currently or formerly operated by the government, regardless of location, where detainees in the global war on terrorism are or were being held.