February 28th, 2008
11:21 AM ET
7 years ago

Bush: FISA expired but threat did not

 President Bush is calling on Congress to take action on some key legislation.
President Bush is calling on Congress to take action on some key legislation.

(CNN) - President Bush on Thursday urged Congress to vote on an update to the terrorist surveillance bill, which allows the intelligence community to conduct surveillance on foreigners without a warrant.

A temporary update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act expired more than a week ago.

"The law expired, the threat to America didn't expire," the president told reporters.

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  1. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    King Bush, your scepter and crown have been revoked. The "terr-er-ist" fear-monging schtick doesn't play anymore. Stealing power under the guise of protecting the U.S. is just so 2004. Don't you have some signing statement to make that says you are free to ignore laws that you sign off on and interpret them anyway you please? Don't you have some executive privilege to declare when you are being investigated for some back room, no-contract deal? Don't you have some disk drive to destroy or one of your lawyer friends to shoot? Okay, the last two were Dick Cheney, but you get the idea.

    And please don't go to other countries to "put your stamp on history". Just stay at home and watch reruns on tv. You can do much less damage that way.

    February 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    The Bush legacy is to use fear to ramrod his war for oil, his lack of attention to the economy and the near 4000 casualities he will leave behind when he's finished in office. Then the American taxpayer will get to foot all of his future medicals bill, yes he was some uniter as he said he was.

    February 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Are you people still reporting what this guy says. Does any one care what he thinks anymore.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Jack from California

    FISA expired but the threat did not – well then why did you veto it Bush? I wonder if all the President's concerns are about telecommunication companies OR his administrations "illegal acts"

    Stand tough Democrats the country is protected but, don't let the real crooks off the hook!

    February 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. kim portland, oregon

    is this boob still talking?!?!?!?

    shut your pie hole, go do whatever it is you do with the brush at your ranch, and count the billions you and your buddies have already made in your years of war-profiteering, tax cuts to corporations and billionaires, cuts to the benefits for our returning troops, your no-bid contracts...those are some really nice "christian" behaviors you got going there jorge!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Chris-Seattle

    Somebody please turn out the lights on this guy! OMG I better not find out that I was on someone's warrantless wiretapping list I will sue the pants of T-Mobile and then with the money I'll run for President and then go after Dubya for war crimes and throw that buzzard under the jail. Further more I might just have the CIA waterboard him into telling us the truth about 9/11!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. John

    Is this guy for real? Like seriously? He should be tried and hung for treason, he has damaged this country more than any other person, Osama Bin Laden included.

    February 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    WE ARE A COUNTRY OF LAWS! IF PRESIDENT BUSH DOES NOT LIKE THEM THAT HIS BUSNESS AND HE WILL HAVE TO ANWSER SOMEDAY FOR ALL THE WAYS HE HAS BROKEN THE LAW.TO GIVE THE TELECOMS IMMUNITY IS JUST HELPING PRESIDENT BUSH TO COVER UP ALL THE WAYS HE HAS BROKEN THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Any person who calls President Bush a misguided, aloof Idiot, doesn't deserve protection and should have better since than to show such disrespect for the President of this Great Nation. You, who refer to our President in this manner, are either uneducated or just plain stupid.

    February 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Has anyone noticed how horrible that picture of him is? It is the look he gets mid-sentence, trying to concentrate right before he finishes, and once he does finish, he always smiles real big, like, "whew, I got through that sentence! Pat me on the back for that one!" Sigh.

    February 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Keith, GA

    Does this mean my grandmother is more likely to get patted down at the airport to make up for security gaps caused by this law becoming void?

    February 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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