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Legal news from Saturday, August 11, 2007
10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A few weeks before passing the Protect America Act 2007 [S 1927 materials; JURIST report], members of Congress were briefed by intelligence officials that intercepts of foreign-based communications had declined to 25 percent of previous levels due to oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official backgrounder], the [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [profession website] is considering a resolution [draft text, DOC] urging President George W. Bush to reconsider his July 20 executive order [text] on interrogations, which two ABA committees say allows the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] to be exempted from Common Article 3 [text] [read more]

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[JURIST] The Cuban government on Friday paroled dissident Francisco Chaviano Gonzalez [Amnesty backgrounder], after the former president of the Cuban National Council for Civil Rights served 13 years in prison. Chaviano was sentenced to 15 years in prison in May 1994 for allegedly "revealing state security secrets" and "falsifying public [read more]

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