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    Morning Bell: Stop Playing Politics With U.S. Security

    It has now been 22 days since the House of Representatives asked for a 21-day extension to pass legislation that would bring U.S. intelligence law into the 21st century. This is on top of the 15 days they asked for and were granted on Feb. 1. In total the House … More

    Why Do Liberals Want the CIA Watching the Weather Channel Instead of Tracking Terrorists?

    More highlights from Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) address on FISA at Heritage today: As President Bush has been trying to focus the country on the threat from radical jihadists, Senate and House Democrats demonstrated they had a different focus when they mandated in the 2008 Intelligence Authorization that U.S. intelligence … More

    'This Is Not the President's Program...'

    Discussing the need for the House of Representatives to pass the portions of the Protect America Act that expired on February 16, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) told an audience at The Heritage Foundation: “If there is not a threat, then why do you need the tools we’ve developed since 2001. … More

    If the Old FISA's So Great, Then Why the Fix?

    Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Reps. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) and John Conyers (D-MI) took to the Washington Post today to accuse President Bush of resorting “to scare tactics and political games” designed to divide Democrats. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the President was placing … More

    'We Have Lost Intelligence Information This Past Week'

    As lawmakers in Congress wrap up their week-long vacation, America’s intelligence agencies are beginning to suffer the consequences of Congress’ inaction on the Protect America Act. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Attorney General Michael Mukasey confirmed today that the failure to renew the terrorist surveillance law has caused … More

    It's Worse Than We Thought

    This morning we admonished the House for using its time to pass meaningless contempt citations instead of debating essential FISA revisions that are set to expire at midnight Saturday. Now it turns out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjourned Congress early to rush home for her daughter’s wedding. The Heritage … More

    Morning Bell: It's All About Priorities

    Writing to President Bush regarding vital reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), House Intelligence Committee Chair Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.) noted that the Preamble to our Constitution states that one of the highest duties of public officials is to “provide for the common defense.” Reyes goes on to claim … More

    Risking the Lives of Americans for Cheap Political Gain

    In the wake of 9/11, our antiquated laws on enemy combatant detention and foreign surveillance were exposed. Designed to regulate state-on-state action, our laws did not adequately address the detention of the enemy during wartime. Not until the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 did Congress adequately fill in the gaps … More

    How Many Days Does the House Need to Do Its National Security Homework?

    The first duty of our government is to defend the country. The United States is currently locked in a Long War with non-state actors who desperately want to kill our civilians. The collection of foreign intelligence is perhaps our best weapon against these groups. On Aug. 5, 2007, Congress passed … More

    Time to Act on FISA Reform

    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 … More