March 14th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
15 years ago

House debates surveillance bill in secret session

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Bush says the proposal would undermine America's security."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives met in secret session Thursday night to debate revisions to federal surveillance laws, closing off the chamber for the first time since 1983 at the request of its Republican minority.

Rep. Roy Blunt, the House minority whip, asked for the closed session to use classified information to argue against a Democratic-backed overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"I did have some information that I thought would help the debate, that rose to the secret level that all of the members otherwise would not hear," said Blunt, R-Missouri.

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  1. RealityKing

    Is Bush's lame duck quack really that loud or is our 110th liberal Congress just that bad??

    March 14, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Greg, NY

    "The Republicans have a sweet racket because they run on “government is ineffective,” and then when they mess things up, they go, “See?”

    Bill Maher

    March 14, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Charlotte

    When we get behind closed doors?????????

    March 14, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Tim, Boston MA

    Most of the congressmen/women and the senators have all been in the unconstitutional criminal activities together, with Bush/cheney leading the way to Hell.

    so, let me guess why they have to keep their "discussions" from the PEOPLE that they are supposed to SERVE.......

    The world will fill in the blanks with the obvious in a nano second while the American electorate keep their head in the sand.

    good luck.

    March 14, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Bob Stephens

    No new ground for Bush. Like the Energy Talks, the run up to the war in Iraq, torture both here and in the Mid East, all done behind closed doors. What we feel in this country now is probably the way people people felt in the old USSR when everything was done in secrecy.

    March 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Alice

    Citing Bill Maher? Give me a break. There's a real beacon of objectivity. Since when are Democrats considered effective in Govt? Look at the mess they have created in the Democrat controlled Congress and , oh, let's not forget the Democrat Primaries. Looks to me like those clowns are tearing themselves apart. LOL. Someone once said the Democrat Party is comprised of groups that really don't like each other. The Democrats are proving that statement to be true in the process of nominating a candidate. Blame your cherished Clintons for alienating key elements of their Party....a division that probably will take generations to repair. Just imagine the magic Hillary could perform if she ran the country.

    March 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |