The bill Congress rushed to pass before August recess -- and that President Bush immediately signed -- removes the third party oversight. Instead, the Attorney General will report to Congress two times a year, and two political appointees (the AG and the National Intelligence Director) have joint authority to approve wiretaps (rather than the 11-member FISA court). Moreover:
[T]he new law obliges phone and Internet companies to create back doors for eavesdroppers; if they don't comply, they can be held in contempt.
Although the bill sunsets in six months -- meaning that Congress and the White House have another go at this -- any surveillance set up during this six month period does not have to sunset for 12 months.
Senate Vote Details
Democrats and Independents voting "yes"
Bayh (D-IN), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Feinstein (D-CA), Inouye (D-HI), Klobuchar (D-MN), Landrieu (D-LA), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Mikulski (D-MD), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Salazar (D-CO), Webb (D-VA).
Alexander (R-TN), Boxer (D-CA), Bunning (R-KY), Dorgan (D-ND), Gregg (R-NH), Harkin (D-IA), Johnson (D-SD), Kerry (D-MA), Lott (R-MS), Lugar (R-IN), McCain (R-AZ), Murray (D-WA).
House Vote Details
Democrats Voting "yes"
Altmire, Barrow, Bean, Boren, Boswell, Boyd (FL), Carney, Chandler, Cooper, Costa, Cramer, Cuellar, Davis (AL), Davis, Lincoln, Donnelly, Edwards, Ellsworth, Etheridge, Herseth Sandlin, Higgins, Hill, Lampson, Lipinski, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Melancon, Mitchell, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Rodriguez, Ross, Salazar, Shuler, Snyder, Space, Tanner, Taylor, Walz (MN), Wilson (OH).
Republicans Voting "no"
Johnson (IL), Jones (NC)
Becerra, Clarke, Clay, Coble - R, Crenshaw - R, Davis, Jo Ann - R, Delahunt, Goode - R, Hastert - R, Hayes - R , Hinojosa, Hunter - R, Jindal - R, Johnson, Sam - R, Kilpatrick, Klein (FL), LaHood - R, Lantos, Paul - R, Saxton - R, Skelton, Tancredo - R, Young (AK) - R