David Kirkpatrick

February 6, 2008

New surveillance powers and FISA

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:39 pm

Over at Reason Jacob Sullum has a good article outlining the ongoing debate about new surveillance powers, the Protect America Act and FISA.

From the conclusion:

The administration has contradicted itself even on the question of how urgently needed the FISA changes are. Last summer they were so crucial to national security that McConnell claimed pausing to debate the issue meant “some Americans are going to die.” More recently, Bush has threatened to let these absolutely essential powers lapse by vetoing extension bills that do not meet his specifications.

An administration that cannot tell a consistent story in public about why it needs new extrajudicial surveillance powers cannot be trusted to exercise those powers in secret.

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