October 9th, 2007
07:08 PM ET
7 years ago

Dems push wiretap overhaul

Watch Jessica Yellin's report on changing the law that helps the government investigate terrorist threats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking another look at the federal law that controls the government's wiretapping authority.  Jessica Yellin reports on what Democrats think is wrong with the current law and what Republicans think is wrong with the Democratic proposal to change the law.

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  1. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    Unbelievable, The Apple Dumpling Gang
    aka the bush crime family can't do anything right! Immunity to allow
    the Telecom's to get away with Nazi / Communist antics!

    Not in America where the Gov't can wiretap their citizens without an warrant. My Dad was on the shores of
    Omaha Beach making an effort for the
    bush crime family to maintain their
    rights! Others didn't make it home!

    The two sad republicans making statements regarding this issue
    is very telling how ignorant they
    really are. Too boot they are in
    leadership roles of "our" Gov't is
    SCARY!

    October 9, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Bush and then-Attorney General Gonzales were both wrong to intiate the whole phone tap without a warrant. This shows that "big brother" is so paranoid it can't even give its citizens the privacy they are entitled to. This has lasted long enough. I hope the Democrats' bill recieves enough support to become a law.

    October 10, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. laurinda,ny

    I agree with the Democrats. I'm tired of having to worry about what I say on the phone because the government might be listening. When I hear strange clicking sounds on my phone I get outraged. They have got to put an end to this!

    October 10, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. Ryan Indianapolis

    This isnt about Politics Democrats this is about protecting the American people, Stop making my safety a politcal issue. And I am so sick of hearing leftwing fanatics stating it is taking away from their civil liberities??????The only way it would be doing that is if you were speaking to a known terrorist over the phone????If you are doing that then you have no civil liberities....YOU DEMOCRATS MAKE ME SICK

    October 10, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Brian, syracuse NY

    "changing the law that helps the government investigate terrorist threats"
    BIAS.

    October 10, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. spinstopper

    Didn't the Democrats just vote overwhemingly to reapprove the current wire tapping law? Hmmm...

    October 10, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. James (the real one), Phoenix AZ

    Oohhh those EVIL men (Bush / Cheney) – they're wanting to intercept calls made from the US (or through US Telecom routers) connecting to known terrorists outside the US.

    OUR CIVIL RIGHTS ARE LOST!!

    Now I can't use my free minutes to chit-chat with Bin Laden or his radical islamic leaders.

    (EYES ROLLING)

    October 10, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Yes laurinda we need to stop this now!

    No more bags should be checked at airports, train stations or bus terminals, no more scans at airports or pulling people out of line to be searched.

    We must abolish cameras as they are everywhere and taking pictures of people commiting crimes or people that want to hurt us. What about their rights?

    Tapping into specific phone calls and using specific phone call patterns too and from known overseas hangouts of bad guys is wrong. What about their rights?

    We don't need to ask terrorists any difficult questions in a cold room with barking dogs or (oh, my god) someone yelling at them. They might be tired from losing sleep. What about their rights?

    After Hillary is elected, we will go back to being loved by everyone and we will not need these post 9-11 intrusions to all of our rights.

    Nobody will bomb our embassies, ships, installations or plan any more bombings because we will be LOVED again.

    October 10, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I will never believe this wiretapping issue is entirely about national security or the American public. I believe the purpose was for opposition inside the White House that revolves around those fired attorneys. There is a "code of silence" going on with this issue and look at those involved that abruptly left Washington.

    October 10, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "...the bush crime family can't do anything right! Immunity to allow
    the Telecom's to get away with Nazi / Communist antics! ... My Dad was on the shores of Omaha Beach making an effort for the bush crime family to maintain their rights!..."

    The words "Nazi" and "Communist" do not belong in this election. None of our candidates are Nazis or Communists. Those are strong words that have powerful meanings, but in this election they are just name-calling.

    Your father's heroism is greatly appreciated by all thoughtful Americans, but you surely know that Geo. H W Bush volunteered for service in WWII on his 18th birthday and his well-documented heroism is equally appreciated.

    As for the point you were trying to make, I agree with you. I am now more frightened of my own government than I am of terrorists. In years to come, when the truth finally comes out about who is being held prisoner, why they were imprisoned, and how they were tortured, Americans will have some squirming to do. Like the Nazis you referred to, we may have to say "Don't look at me! I had no idea what they were doing in those camps!"

    October 10, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Jim Chicago

    I agree with the Democrats. I'm tired of having to worry about what I say on the phone because the government might be listening. When I hear strange clicking sounds on my phone I get outraged. They have got to put an end to this!

    Posted By laurinda,ny : October 10, 2007 8:09 am

    Do you think before you blog. I have read countless blogs of yours and every single blog is mindless partisian bull_____. I mean what are you even talking about. If you are not speaking to a terrorist overseas or if a terrorist isnt calling you from overseas you have nothing to worry about. So you really think the government is listening to you?Sorry lady they dont listen to morons that are super parnoid. For Gods sake get some knowledge about the situation and the bill and stop running your idiotic mouth if you dont know what your talking about.

    October 10, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Former US Army Officer, Kansas

    In the words of Benjamin Franklin as he stood before the Congress in the days prior to the Declaration, " be careful of what rights you give up in the name of security, or one morning you shall awake and discover that you have neither."

    Security gained by giving up rights, is not in fact security and I don't want it. If it means someone thinks I am less secure by insisting that my Consitutional rights are protected and not violated, then I take my rights and will take my chances.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Rose Hann

    What is wrong with getting a warrent? The result is the same and because we are talking about possible terorist, the process is expidited.
    The Bush administration have re-written the constitution for their own purpose. They are above the law. The Supreme Court has disagreed with several of their "let's do it our way" mentality.

    October 11, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    "Those that would sacrifice essential liberty for some temporary safety deserve neither and will lose both."
    -Benjamin Franklin

    I'm affraid of how naive some of you are. They are using terrorism as an excuse to take away your freedom. How many terrorists have they caught with these illegal wiretaps? None. How many citizens have had their rights violated? All of them.

    Does it make you safer? Maybe. But I would rather be a free man than a safe servant.

    October 11, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Frank Virginia Beach VA

    There is no room for Democrats' childish pseudosophisticated play acting when lives are on the line. Civilians do not belong in the process of making judgments, laws or rules pertaining to military matters. Especially civilians that are hell bent on causing disharmony, discourse, and destruction to the war in Iraq. The Democrats have boldly declared treason against the U.S. Military's involvement in this war. If their actions do not describe the word treason, I cannot find a better example.

    October 11, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

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