September 22, 2006
Two House committees earlier this week approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) that would ratify the President's program of warrantless domestic surveillance and vastly expand it. The bill -- slightly different versions of which were reported by the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees -- would allow the government to intercept all communications going into and out of the United States, all identifying data about domestic calls and email and even the content of many domestic communications without a warrant. The House is expected to consider the legislation next week. Differences between the two versions are inconsequential. Neither bill would strengthen national security or preserve the privacy rights of innocent Americans.