This regime sure likes to spy on its citizens. So they got caught last time doing it illegally, and now they just want to spy on us and make it seem all legal. If at first you don’t succeed, change the laws in your favor. Snip from Forbes:
The House on Saturday delayed action on a Senate-passed bill to expand the government’s powers to eavesdrop, without warrants, on Americans’ communications with foreigners who are not necessarily terrorist suspects.
Lawmakers in both parties said they expected the measure to pass at some point – perhaps late Saturday or early Sunday – but only after the House deals with other matters, including an energy package.
President Bush and his Republican allies said the measure is needed to speed the National Security Agency’s ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications between Americans and potentially hostile foreigners. Civil liberties groups and many Democrats said it goes too far, enabling the government to wiretap U.S. residents with insufficient oversight from courts or Congress.
Bush called for prompt passage of the measure Saturday, saying, “Protecting America is our most solemn obligation.”
The bill would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. It would allow the government to intercept, without warrants, communications between a U.S. resident and a foreign party suspected of involvement in “foreign intelligence” matters. It would drop existing language requiring that the foreigner be suspected more specifically of connections to terrorist groups such as al-Qaida.