Yesterday was a do-nothing day in the U.S. House of Representatives, as House Democrats protested the Senate's support for a new surveillance act with telco immunity attached by refusing to approve a like version. House Republicans protested that lack of action with a walk-out. House Democrats had wanted to extend the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act again, but that effort was defeated earlier this week. The House will not be in session next week, so it appears Congress will not pass a new act with telco immunity included for the time being. President Bush again said letting that act expire without passing a new version will put Americans in danger. Would extending the current act again have put them in more danger, or just the telephone companies?
- read this posting at CNET
- Senate approves new FISA Article