Houses Passes Revamped Spy Bill

<a href="">The Washington Post</a>, <a href="">Reuters</a>

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

June 20, 2008

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that overhauls the nation's wiretapping laws, and the same is expected to happen next week when it reaches the Senate.On Thursday Congressional leaders came to agreement over the controversial plan, which extends the government's ability to eavesdrop on espionage and terrorism suspects, and grants immunity to telecom companies, many of which are being sued by customers for helping the government conduct a "warrantless" spying program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The bill also lets the government conduct "emergency wiretaps" without court orders on Americans for up to week if the information is sensitive, fleeting and in the interest of national security.

"It's vital that our intelligence community has the ability to learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying and what they are planning," said President George Bush, from the Oval Office patio.The Washington Post, Reuters

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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