2024-07-22 3:47 PM

Jim Moran’s News Commentary

There's a highly charged debate going on in Congress over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (commonly referred to as FISA).

Jim Moran’s News Commentary

Congress revisited the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) law this week, reworking the landmark legislation which, for nearly 30 years, has helped prevent civil liberties abuses while allowing U.S. intelligence agencies the authority to monitor foreign communications and provide valuable intelligence to keep the U.S. one step ahead of its foreign adversaries and rivals.

Jim Moran

In the waning hours before August recess, Congress passed a change to the law governing the Bush Administration's wiretapping program. This move, which I opposed, came only after the President chose politics over policy, negating a carefully negotiated deal between Republicans and Democrats in exchange for an overreaching, highly controversial and divisive proposal.

Helen Thomas: Democrats Roll Over Again

President Bush has the Democrats' number on Capitol Hill. All he has to do is play the fear card and invoke the war on terror and they will cave. What's more, the president has found out that he can break the law and the rubber-stamp Democratic Congress will give him a pass every time.

Helen Thomas: Presidential Powers are Limited

"There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created in the Constitution." That eloquent putdown of an imperial presidency was the essence of a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit who declared that President Bush’s warrantless wiretap program was unconstitutional.