By Bob Priddy
The United States senate votes today on extending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Senator Blunt says Congress should not let the act lapse--as it did five years ago when,. he says, the national security agency could not perform its mission in monitoring known terrorists overseas for several months. "It would be dangerously wrong if we let it happen again," he says.
The act lets the intelligence community keep collecting information about non-citizens and non-legal permanent residents outside the United States. It requires the government to get a specific court order before it can monitor the communications of any United States citizens or permanent legal resident.