FISA: President to Address Attorneys General

By March 3, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

From the White House press gaggle this morning:

Then at 1:00 p.m., the President meets with the National Association of Attorneys General. Attorney General Mukasey will be briefing him ahead of time. The President will come in, spend some time with them. His remarks to the attorneys general with the pool will focus on FISA. Twenty-one of our nation’s attorneys general have written a letter in support of FISA modernization.

The letter from the attorneys general is available here as a .pdf file.

Over on the left, anger at the House possibly moving on the FISA legislation, including telecom immunity.

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.) At the risk of offering political advice, we wonder why House Democratic leadership would be so responsive to angry left activists on this issue, when any compromise was going to elicit condemnations like this one from New York lawyer Glenn Greenwald:

No rational person who has watched Congressional Democrats since they took over Congress could possibly have expected them to do anything but what they always do: namely, whatever they’re told to do by the White House. The last thing they were ever going to do was stand their ground over Americans’ basic liberties and the rule of law, concepts about which they couldn’t possibly care less.

And Greenwald is one of the charitable, non-cursing critics.

UPDATE (4:43 p.m.): The President’s remarks to the attorneys general. Familiar arguments. Good arguments, but familiar.

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