Sixth Circuit Decision Highlights Need for Congressional Oversight

July 6, 2007
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued the following statement on the Sixth Circuit's decision regarding warrantless wiretapping today:

The Court of Appeals dismissed the case on the narrow, technical grounds that the plaintiffs 'lacked standing' to sue, that is whether the appropriate class of people had brought the lawsuit. This suit has served its purpose. Not only did it force the Administration to now use some form of FISA court orders, but also it has strengthened our Committee's claim to learn about the illegal program.

This small victory for the government on appeal on a legal technicality does not change the essential truth -- the President's warrantless wiretapping program in place for many years existed outside of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Title III.