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President Bush Wants Power To Immunize Telecoms That Aid In Spying On Americans

Via The Raw Story: The day after President George W. Bush marshaled political forces in Congress to grant him greater authority to engage in counter

george-bush.jpg Via The Raw Story:

The day after President George W. Bush marshaled political forces in Congress to grant him greater authority to engage in counter terrorism-related spying, the president stated that he would seek greater changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act when the legislative branch returns to work in September.

"While I appreciate the leadership it took to pass this bill, we must remember that our work is not done," the President said in his Sunday statement. "This bill is a temporary, narrowly focused statute to deal with the most immediate shortcomings in the law."

The President said next month he would focus on further immunizing private companies that cooperate with government wiretapping. However, he used complicated language to describe these activities.

"When Congress returns in September the Intelligence committees and leaders in both parties will need to complete work on the comprehensive reforms requested by Director McConnell, including the important issue of providing meaningful liability protection to those who are alleged to have assisted our Nation following the attacks of September 11, 2001," he said.

One constitutional scholar derided Bush's reasoning, particularly the tortuous language in his statement. Read more...

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid must find a way to corral rogue Democrats in Congress and stand together for the civil liberties of all Americans.

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