Bono Mack: Our National Security Should Not Be Jeopardized
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement in opposition to the revised House Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), emphasizing that it is a flawed measure that only delays meaningful action on important national security issues:
"Playing politics with our national security is unacceptable," said Bono Mack. "We need to provide our intelligence community with the important tools they need to keep Americans safe. The Senate has already passed a reasonable measure, and the House should not unnecessarily delay with a flawed bill that clearly does not have the support it needs to become law."
Bono Mack has repeatedly voted to pass the bipartisan Senate version of this bill, which would extend this important legislation for six years, instead of two-years, as in the House bill. The Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Attorney General, who are responsible for gathering critical national security information while protecting civil liberties, both oppose the House measure. The President has also threatened to veto the bill.
Bono Mack notes that the Senate's version of this intelligence measure would allow the intelligence community to monitor foreign enemies of the U.S. in an appropriate manner. Passed with broad, bipartisan support (68-29), the Senate version would also expand oversight measures to safeguard civil liberties; protect from frivolous lawsuits those who acted in good faith in executing this law; and modernize FISA to account for terrorists using modern technology like the Internet and cell phones.