FISA: President Bush’s Radio Address

By February 23, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

From the President’s weekly radio address:

When Congress reconvenes on Monday, Members of the House have a choice to make: They can empower the trial bar — or they can empower the intelligence community. They can help class action trial lawyers sue for billions of dollars — or they can help our intelligence officials protect millions of lives. They can put our national security in the hands of plaintiffs’ lawyers — or they can entrust it to the men and women of our government who work day and night to keep us safe. As they make their choice, Members of Congress must never forget: Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, terrorists are planning the next attack on America. And to protect America from such attacks, we must protect our telecommunications companies from abusive lawsuits.

The House floor schedule for the week does not list any FISA or Protect America Act legislation as being acted upon.

UPDATE (3:10 p.m. Sunday): Thanks to continued and honorable cooperation by telephone companies during this period of uncertainty, the prospective damage to intelligence gathering is being ameliorated. But damage has been indeed done, Andy McCarthy writes, demolishing new anti-surveillance sophistry.

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