Senate Panel Rejects Dangerous Spying Bill, Demands Details of NSA Program
The Senate Intelligence Committee has affirmatively stated that it will not consider the Bush Administration's dangerous "FISA modernization" surveillance legislation until critical details about the NSA spying program are revealed. Noting that "the Administration's refusal to satisfy these document requests span over a year," the Intelligence Committee demanded "the President's orders authorizing the warrantless surveillance and the Department of Justice's opinions on the legality of the program."
As you may recall, we were concerned last month that the Administration's proposal could slip into the Senate's intelligence budget authorization. The authorization bill and the Committee's report were made public yesterday, and we're pleased to see that it chose to not legislate in the dark about the still-shadowy surveillance program. Thanks to everyone who took the time to call the Senate Intelligence Committee and opposed the spying bill.
The Administration isn't about to back down, though, and it's critical that Congress keeps pushing back and moves forward with vigorous investigations into the program. Take action now to help stop the illegal spying.