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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Protecting the ‘Protect America Act’

Protecting the ‘Protect America Act’
Wednesday
, February 13, 2008

About photo: With Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, looking on, President George W. Bush delivers a statement on the Protect America Act Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House. Said the President, "It is time for Congress to ensure the flow of vital intelligence is not disrupted. It is time for Congress to pass a law that provides a long-term foundation to protect our country. And they must do so immediately."
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White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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VOANews.com brings us this story this evening and it starts off like this... The vote was 229 to 191, a surprising blow to House Democratic leaders who pushed hard for another extension of the Protect America Act, itself a revision of a 1978 law called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance ACT (FISA)... In passing its version of intelligence surveillance legislation on Tuesday the U.S. Senate, voting 68 to 29, included a provision President Bush and Republicans have been seeking. It would provide immunity from prosecution to telecommunications companies that gave the U.S. government information without a court warrant after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks...
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Democrats Suffer Defeat in House on US Foreign Intelligence Measure

* REUTERS.com reports it this way... In a victory for President George W. Bush, the House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated a Democratic bid to temporarily extend an expiring spy law instead of replacing it with a new measure that also would immunize telephone companies from lawsuits...
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House defeats stopgap extension of spy program
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Lame Duck President my BUTT!!!
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