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Time to Act on FISA Reform
Posted By Conn Carroll On January 28, 2008 @ 10:27 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
The clock is ticking. Congress has less than a week to pass legislation to extend the important intelligence surveillance authorities of the Protect America Act before they expire.
President Bush declared “the time to act is now.” That was a reasonable request given that we know that terrorists are out their plotting to kill us and intelligence collection and surveillance have helped us stop them. By our count, at least 19 “publicly” known terrorist conspiracies have been thwarted . Doubtless classified operations have stopped others as well.
That said, it is pretty remarkable that more than half the Congress sat on its hands rather than applauding the President’s call to action.
As Heritage scholars noted in “The Intelligence Community Needs Clear—and Permanent—FISA Reform ,” the right thing for Congress to do is:
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URLs in this post:
 at least 19 “publicly” known terrorist conspiracies have been thwarted: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2085.cfm
 The Intelligence Community Needs Clear—and Permanent—FISA Reform: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm1782.cfm
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