House Democrats win FISA fight
by wolff109, Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 04:35:13 PM EST
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.
Any thoughts on what happens next?