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Friday, February 15, 2008

Who Are These Guys Working For, Anyway?

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Today House Democrats severely crippled the United State' ability to gather intelligence from our foreign enemies as they let the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act run out at midnight. The possible ramifications of this remarkable abdication of responsibility could well be literally, explosive. Without a reauthorization, wiretapping, listening in on the enemy overseas will now require obtaining a warrant each time such surveillance is undertaken, bogging investigations down in a thick and ugly mire of legal complication.

Additionally, without FISA's protection any telecommunications company assisting the government in conducting this sort of investigation will be subject to potential litigation. The proposed reauthorization is so sensible and necessary that it has wide bipartisan support, but not in the Democratic leadership which once again is showing how beholden they are to the lobby of far Left extremists who attempt to disguise their anti-Americanism in claims of concern for civil-rights.

Congressional Republicans, for the first time in a long time showed something of the spirit that existed in the early Gingrich Congress when yesterday they rose up and walked out of the House in protest over the Democratic leadership's refusal to address this issue. Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama has given a strong hint of the kind of change he'd like to bring to national security by voting against the reauthorization on Tuesday and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton showed us all a thing or two about leadership when she didn't bother to show up to vote on the matter at all.

Many people dismiss politics as tiresome gamesmanship and sadly it is often just that but this is a game with very real winners and losers. The actions of the leadership of the Democratic Party are showing that in order to win in the eyes of their most extreme elements they are also willing to make terrorists who have America in their sights winners as well with the American people being the only losers.

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