Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) opposes the program of warrantless surveillance of Al Qaeda suspects. Leahy has taken similar positions before. Betsy's Page passes this on from Investors Business Daily:

In 2000, the National Commission on Terrorism urged Congress to pass reforms to help law enforcement fight terrorists in the wake of the al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

One of the proposals made it easier for FBI agents to get authority from the Justice Department to conduct electronic surveillance on terrorist suspects in the Muslim community. Senate Republicans adopted that and other key provisions as part of a counter-terrorism bill.

But the bill was blocked mainly by Democrats who did not want the FBI "spying" on the Muslim community. Leading the charge against the bill was Leahy, who parroted the objections of then-Attorney General Janet Reno. They viewed the bill as too intrusive and discriminatory toward Middle Easterners.

As the article notes:

The anti-terror surveillance tool ... might have prevented the [9/11] attacks.

The biased mainstream media do not remind us of this and similar instances of bad judgment by Democrats on national security. Warrantless surveillance of terrorists may prevent another 9/11. Sen. Leahy and other Democrats in Congress are willing to risk doing without this tool to fight terrorism. Are you?

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