Thursday, August 16, 2007

People should feel safer already!

The House handed President Bush a victory, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States.

The 227-183 vote recently, followed the Senate's approval and sends the bill to Bush for his signature. He had urged Congress to approve it, saying "Protecting America is our most solemn obligation."

The administration said the measure is needed to speed the NSA's ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications involving foreign nationals "reasonably believed to be outside the United States." Namby-pamby Civil liberties groups and the idiotic Democrats naturally said it goes too far, possibly enabling the government to wiretap U.S. residents communicating with overseas parties without adequate oversight from courts or Congress.

The bill updates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. It gives the US government leeway to intercept, without warrants, communications between foreigners that are routed through equipment in United States, provided that "foreign intelligence information" is at stake. Bush describes the effort as an anti-terrorist program, but the bill is not limited to terror suspects and could have wider applications, some lawmakers said.

Source: Fox News

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