January 24, 2008

WHAT HAS CONGRESS TO DO WITH FOREIGNERS?:

Reeauthorize FISA (KENNETH BLACKWELL, January 24, 2008, NY Sun)

Over 90% of global Internet traffic, and countless phone calls from one foreign country, say, Iran, to another foreign country, say, Afghanistan, pass through America. The question becomes whether our government can monitor such calls that involve suspected terrorists without first filling out the paperwork for a warrant. The fix did that.

But Congress only gave the fix a shelf life of several months, so it would have more time to debate the issue and revisit it later. That statutory fix is about to expire, and Congress must do something about it. The president should call for FISA reauthorization in his State of the Union, and demand that Congress swiftly comply with it.


Why ask for authorization where Congress has no authority?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2008 6:40 AM
Comments

When he gets the reauthorization it will give the nutroots another reason to go spastic. Got to give them plenty of pretty toys, you know. Ideologues need something to rail against.

Posted by: Mikey at January 24, 2008 5:54 PM
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