President Bush on Thursday signed into law H.R. 5104, a 15-day extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authority that allows and prescribes the monitoring of foreign intelligence.
First, we gave the Democrats six months to pass a long-term bill and now an extra two-weeks. How long will it take Congress to get serious about national security? Senator Rockefeller and I have been working diligently to find an agreement that can work. Unfortunately, some of the most liberal opponents of this bill are listening to Moveon.Org and the ACLU and are unwilling to compromise so we can move forward.
The Heritage Foundation has a piece, “Why Immunity is Necessary for FISA Reform.” Heritage states, and we agree, “Congress moves way too slow to be micromanaging foreign intelligence gathering techniques.”
UPDATE (12:15 p.m.) Heritage had more on the issue this morning, a hard-hitting summary of the state of play.
And a very effective video message from Senator Bond.
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