The Senate and the President have reached an agreement on NSA wiretapping. Here are the broad outlines of the accord:
- The President has agreed to spy only on very, very bad people.
- He has agreed not to spy on Americans except under extraordinary circumstances.
- He has promised not to bypass the courts and wiretap someone without a warrant unless he's in a really big hurry.
- The NSA will try extra hard not to violate anyone's civil liberties if they can help it.
- All information gathered from this spying will be Cosmic Top Secret and will not be shared with other agencies in the Federal government unless absolutely necessary.
- The Admistration has agreed not to leak any of this information to the press unless they deem it necessary for national security and then only on Double Super Secret Background.
- Congress, for its part, has agreed to spare the country the ordeal of divisive and contentious hearings, which would just weaken our resolve.
- And Congress has warned the President that if he violates the agreement members will make it clear that they are really sore at him by issuing strongly worded statements.
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