House Democrats win FISA fight

I didn't see this story covered here on MyDD, and someone ought to make note of it for those of us caught up in the Hillary-Barack race. So...

Today the House Democrats scored a victory over President Bush and telecom immunity when they adjourned the House for President's Day weekend without passing the Protect America Act, which expires Saturday. In doing so, they stood up to fear mongering. And as several Members of Congress noted, we're still very much protected, despite what Bush would have us otherwise believe.

Here's an excerpt from Former NSC official Richard Clarke's 2/1/08 op-editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer making that point.

Let me be clear: Our ability to track and monitor terrorists overseas would not cease should the Protect America Act expire. If this were true, the president would not threaten to terminate any temporary extension with his veto pen. All surveillance currently occurring would continue even after legislative provisions lapsed because authorizations issued under the act are in effect up to a full year. 0080201_Bush_legacy_Setting_a_standard in_fear-mongering.html

Any thoughts on what happens next?

Tags: Democrats, FISA, Presdent Bush, Richard Clarke, Telecom immunity. (all tags)



Re: House Democrats win FISA fight

It says something terrible about what this site has become that this is not in the rec'd diaries yet. THIS should be the news of the day but nobody cares because it doesn't do enough to bash or support one of the pres candidates.

by JDF 2008-02-14 07:15PM | 0 recs
Re: House Democrats win FISA fight

My girlfriend and I managed to get back home from our Valentine's Day dinner to catch Olbermann's worthy statement on the matter.  There was no frivolity, no satire, just dread seriousness regarding Bush criminality, Bush incompetence, Bush fear-mongering, and Bush treason.  WOW - and all true!

The House's decision to stand their ground is heartening.  There is at least one element of the party leadership with some backbone; they stand in stark contrast to the Senate cave-in, and the Clinton/Obama silence.  

Not to mention the seeming lack of interest here, seconding JDF's comment.

by CLLGADEM 2008-02-15 12:36AM | 0 recs


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