Hepting et al v. AT&T Corp. et al

Filing 20

Request for Judicial Notice re 16 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed byGregory Hicks, Erik Knutzen, Tash Hepting, Carolyn Jewel. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1# 2 Exhibit 2# 3 Exhibit 3# 4 Exhibit 4# 5 Exhibit 5# 6 Exhibit 6# 7 Exhibit 7# 8 Exhibit 8)(Related document(s) 16 ) (Kathrein, Reed) (Filed on 3/31/2006)

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The Attorney General Washington, D.C. F e b r u a r y 2 8 , 2006 The Honorable Arlen Specter Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Specter: I write to provide responses to several questions posed to me at the hearing on "Wartime Executive Power and the National Security Agency's Surveillance Authority," held Monday, February 6,2006, before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. I also write to clarify certain of my responses at the February 6th hearing. Except when otherwise indicated, this letter will be confined to addressing questions relating to the specific NSA activities that have been publicly confmed by the President. Those activities involve the interception by the NSA of the contents of communications in which one party is outsidethe United States where there are reasonable grounds to believe that at least one party to the communication is a member or agent of a1 Qaeda or an affiliated terrorist organization (hereinafter, the "Terrorist Surveillance Program"). Additional Information Requested by Senators at February 6th Hearing Senator Leahy asked whether the President first authorized the Terrorist Surveillance Proyam after he signed the Authorization for Use of Military Force of September 18,2001 ("Force Resolution") and before he signed the USA PATRIOT Act. 2/6/06 Unofficial Nearing Transcript ("TI.") at 50. The President first authorized the Program in October 2001, before he signed the USA PATRIOT Act. Senator Brownback asked for recommendations on improving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA). TI. at 180-81. The Administration believes that it is unnecessary to amend FISA to accommodate the Terrorist Surveillance Program. The Administration will, of course, work with Congress and evaluate any proposals for improving FISA. Senator Feinstein asked whether the Government had informed the Supreme Court of the Terrorist Surveillance Program when it briefed and argued Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 (2004). TI. at 207. The question presented in Hamdi was whether the military had validly detained Yaser Esam Hamdi, a presumed American citizen who was captured in Afghanistan during the combat operations in late 2001, whom the military had concluded to be an enemy combatant who should be detained in

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