Monday, February 18, 2008

CATO Institute on FISA: Congress Ignores Fear-Mongering. World Doesn't End.

Following the expiration of the Protect America Act, and a rare show of backbone from Congress, the Cato Institute's Timothy Lee weighs in on President's politics of fear-mongering for telco immunity. From the CATO Institute blog:

The Bush administration can initiate new terrorist monitoring activities after the PAA expires. It just has to get a FISA warrant, the same way it did in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Indeed, Bush himself praised the changes Congress made to FISA in the wake of the September 11 attacks, noting that they “will allow surveillance of all communications used by terrorists, including e-mails, the Internet, and cell phones” and makes the intelligences community “able to better meet the technological challenges posed by this proliferation of communications technology.” If we were able to get by with those provisions for nearly six years, surely we’ll be OK living under them again for a couple of weeks.

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