Democrats go silent on spying bill

NY Times:

Federal Power to Intercept Messages Is Extended

Congress gave final approval on Friday to a bill extending the government’s power to intercept electronic communications of spy and terrorism suspects under a law known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
It appears that Democrats have been struck by common sense this go round for the law that lets the NSA gather information on potential plots.  When Bush was President the bill was seen as big brother reading your kids email.  Paranoia ran amok.   Now the renewal of authorization barely rates a back page story in the Times.

The original debate over the act actually helped the enemy avoid intercepts as they learned our sources and methods because of the controversy stirred by the liberal Democrats.  Now that a liberal Democrat bears responsibility for safe guarding the country, they do not seem to think the subject should be controversial.  Go figure.


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