Nelson defends new FISA law

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Many local and state politicians were in St. Petersburg Saturday night, at the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee’s Jefferson Jackson dinner.

One of them was U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who said that Barack Obama has told him he is determined to win Florida in November.

Before his speech, WMNF asked the senator a couple of questions – one was about energy and the louder calls for drilling off Florida’s coast, and about FISA – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Congress passed last week.

The bill has infuriated some liberals, and groups like the ACLU, who announced shortly after the president signed the legislation that it permits the government to conduct searches and seizures under the cover of national security, and gives immunity from prosecution to private businesses, notably telecoms, that assist the government in such surveillance.

Nelson insisted the new legislation is not anti civil-libertarian.

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