U.S. Senate Panel Clears Terror Surveillance Legislation
James Rowley writes for Bloomberg News:
A Senate panel approved legislation on a party-line vote authorizing President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program with court review.More here.
The measure, approved by a 10-8 vote in the Republican- controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, now goes to the full Senate, where Republican leaders plan to seek a vote before lawmakers leave next month to campaign for November's election.
The measure would authorize a secret court to rule on the legality of the National Security Agency's program to listen to the international calls between al-Qaeda operatives overseas and their suspected confederates in the U.S. without court warrants.