Bush Presses Congress for Snooping Law

Says current law should be expanded and made permanent
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2007 9:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bush pressed lawmakers for extra snooping rights today, the AP reports. Yet many Dems already regret the current law, which allows Feds to spy on some Americans without a warrant. One senator says that "the law did provide authority for collection, but it did not include sufficient protections for Americans." Bush argues that today's surveillance law, which will be up for review, should be made permanent. 

He also asked Congress to expand the law and take into account tech advances that help terrorists avoid detection. Flanked by Cheney and National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, Bush made his plea at Fort Meade: "The threat from al-Qaida is not going to expire in 135 days," he said, "so I call on Congress to make the Protect America Act permanent."