Fate of electronic intercept law up to Senate
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:46
- Date Dec 10, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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A law that allows the US government to eavesdrop on American electronic communications like phone calls and email.
Without a warrant is set to expire at the end of this month -- into the year.
And the debate over whether to extend the fights that act is heating up in the senate here to weigh in is Fox News legal.
Analyst Peter -- good morning Steve justifies amendments act also known as the FAA it allows the federal government.
To eavesdrop on conversations between Americans and people around the world right without a warrant only a certification that what they're doing is.
Legal it's don't know individualized -- going to a court saying.
We want to eavesdrop on X we -- look at email we wanna hear cell phone calls one of your land line calls.
And what the federal government has the capacity to do it all goes to place in Virginia.
Is look at entire in boxes of people that they suspect have connections to al-Qaeda.
Other terrorist organizations.
And -- the ACLU says hands off no must stop doing this.
There's a case the United States Supreme Court and now the senate is looking whether to extend.
This another five years the houses -- -- said.
Yeah let's do it it's important for -- there are a couple of senators in this is bipartisan in in their opposition to it Wyden of as you can see right there of -- and Mike Lee of Utah Republican right what are there.
You know what -- opposition will who's part of the so called -- who's been dragged -- What are the identities of these people how many Americans are and snared in this -- it shouldn't charity.
And the federal government's it won't have to tell you -- Because this is -- top secret private we won't even admit that we've done it at all except that we have the power to do it and they go to a court every year.
And generally say this is what we intend to do.
And there are a computer systems.
That pick up things about foreign powers foreign intelligence nuclear proliferation al-Qaeda every named and unnamed.
As terrorist group in the world and they sift through it and they say.
They leave here is a leader here can we stop a nuclear attack can we stop the next on 9/11 my view is.
Yeah maybe it's a Fourth Amendment -- for some Americans but there's going to be greater Fourth Amendment breaches if in fact we have another attack sure on our soil and our freedom is -- Even more I say it's little.
Enough no it has proven any harm rightly or wrongly as a result of any of these eavesdropping at all.
The big -- is what is the larger risk so let's see with let's take.
Up here it's great to have you back -- Senior.
-- right there died at the age of 91 and Peter you should be very proud because your father was a giant in a town of giants.
Thank you Steve you know.
He was a marine -- eulogy -- he was a police officer he fought the mob control of the waterfront he tried to reform democratic politics in the corrupt.
Tammany hall in New York -- he became one of the great trial lawyers in America I had the privilege of being his partner for 25 years.
He raised an incredible family he raised his adopted Brothers and natural Brothers and sisters.
He was a true American hero the true Horatio Alger and what we talk about prescription for truth.
He always tellem told me tell the truth and he said it.
When you speak it lets you know tell the truth tell no lies.
-- and that's -- always take with us and my children are always take.
With us his incredible example of of truth -- patriotism.
And willing to do give give your life.
He was a marine above all and the other day.
Colonel north who's going to be on here shortly.
He talks about not leaving any -- behind he helped us insure they couldn't find the discharge papers.
That my father would be honored that was taps and an honor guard at his burial.
On Friday excel.
Thanks to hundreds of people have written me in all the fox friends and family here and Roger Ailes and Steve Doocy and and Brian -- all people that -- been so supportive.
And so loving and and and that we we give tribute to him my father Peter James -- well.
I tell you what -- the word shoot you spoke at the conclusion of the requiem mass over at saint Patrick's.
On Friday were so moving and in attendance just to show -- how much your father was -- Not only surrounded by his friends and family but the current police commissioner of New York here's -- New York mayor.
And that there weren't true Cardinal -- gonna -- entitled going in and cardinal Egan who's had a great great calmly but very blessed -- we're blessed by it.
To have him our whole lives 91 years we're celebrating a life.
Everyone has lost since I lost have been tempered -- your love and thank you think you can.