REPUBLICANS CLOSE TERRORIST LOOPHOLE IN FISA BILL
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today issued the following statement upon passage of legislation to close the terrorist loophole and update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):
"After months of Republican pressure, the House finally closed a dangerous loophole and updated FISA to properly guard our nation against terrorist attacks, sending the bill to the President's desk for his signature. Despite Democrat opposition and stall tactics, a bipartisan majority of the House came together to pass a bill vital to the safety and security of our homeland.
"Current FISA law did not allow the United States Intelligence Community to effectively protect our nation. Existing law required a FISA warrant to intercept international communications transmitted over a wire, hampering our ability to monitor foreign-to-foreign terrorist threats in a time sensitive matter.
"During a time of heightened threats from global terrorism it is essential we use every tool constitutionally possible to thwart possible terrorist threats.
"Although this legislation is a major victory for the American people, it is scheduled to sunset in six months. It is my sincere hope, that this Congress can come together to pass comprehensive updates to FISA, modernizing this important anti-terror tool for the 21st Century."