Skip to comments.New wiretap bill would leave US vulnerable: White House
Posted on 03/11/2008 10:46:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday said the House of Representatives was drawing up a new wiretap law that would hamper their job of protecting the people.
The bill is a new attempt at reviving a post-September 11 law that expired last month allowing government spying on foreign telephone calls and electronic correspondence without first seeking a warrant.
The White House and the Democrat-led Congress are at loggerheads over the issue of liability for telecommunications companies participating in the wiretap program.
The House let the law expire on February 16 after it refused to rubber stamp a Senate bill that would have given telecommunication companies immunity from prosecution.
The new version of the House intelligence committee bill would grant immunity from future prosecution, but not retroactive immunity for the companies' past participation in the warrantless wiretaps by US intelligence agencies.
Calling it a "step backwards," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the new bill "will deprive our intelligence professionals of the tools they need to protect the country from terrorist attack."
"It is clear that House Democratic leaders have once again bowed to the demands of class-action trial lawyers ... and put their ideological interests ahead of the national interest," Perino said in a statement.
The National Intelligence office said it was particularly worried the new bill "would require prior court approval before allowing surveillance targeting certain foreign terrorist and other national security threats located outside the United States."
The eavesdropping program was secretly authorized by Bush in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Under pressure from the White House, Congress passed legislation to permit and regulate the wiretaps last year, but with an expiration date on the law. The program has been criticized by civil liberties groups as infringing on privacy rights.
I don’t see the ‘RATS ever passing another wiretap bill after what happened to their buddy, Spitzer.
At some point, sane, good and brave law-abiding men are going have had their fill, and march on the Capitol to take our country back from these traitors.
I wonder when that will be?
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