Breaking News: U.S. Senate passes wire tap bill by a vote of 68 to 29


US Senate passes wiretap bill, bows to White House pressure

Tue Feb 12, 7:21 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Senate on Tuesday ceded to pressure from President George W. Bush’s administration and passed a controversial measure authorizing security agencies to tap foreign telephone calls and emails in the US “war on terror.”

By a vote of 68 to 29, the Senate passed the bill, which now moves to the House of Representatives and faces stiff opposition from some Democrats.

After heated debate, the Senate authorized the measure offering blanket immunity to telecommunications companies for potential violations of US laws requiring warrants to spy on US citizens –– a notion some lawmakers in the House have resisted.

Bush described the Senate move as a “strong, bipartisan vote in support of legislation that will ensure that our intelligence professionals continue to have the critical tools they need to protect the nation.”

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Juice readers. Do you view this action as an example of losing our Fourth Amendment from the Bill of Rights or do you support the President as he is sworn to defend the Constitution while providing full protection for all of us who live in this country.
We are engaged in the GWOT which predates 9-11. Our lives will be forever changed.

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