The Iraqi parliament has received deserved criticism because it is taking a vacation even though urgent business remains to be conducted. But, as Jed Babbin observes, our own Congress may be poised to take a month off without having passed legislation that would enable our intelligence services to resume intercepting communications between al Qaeda’s commanders and individuals in the U.S.
We now know that, since April of this year, our intelligence gatherers have been unable to obtain some or all of these communications, thanks to a classified decision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court. Congress could fix this problem if the Democratic majority would pass amendments to FISA. But, as a lengthy recess looms, the Dems seem inclined to put their partisan political games and grudges ahead of our national interest in figuring out what al Qaeda is up to.
Babbin notes, for example, that one major Democratic objection to proposed legislation is that the Attorney General would have an oversight role. Thus, “to the Dems, it
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