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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 13, 2008 02:38 PM

In case you’ve forgotten, there still has been no permanent FISA fix thanks to obstructionist, dilly-dallying Democrats. Word on the Hill is that the GOP called for a rare secret session to discuss the matter.

The NRCC is urging citizens to sign a petition pressuring the Dems to act:

It was over three weeks ago that House Democrats allowed the terrorist surveillance program to expire, and in the dead of the night on February 16, 2008, every single American became less safe. To make matters worse, the following week the House of Representatives skipped town for a ten-day vacation, leaving the security of our nation in limbo.

Since then, Democrats have maneuvered through desperate stall tactics to block the Protect America Act, knowing that it would pass with overwhelming bipartisan support like the Senate bill did earlier in February, by a vote of 68-29. Every member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which consists of 21 moderate House Democrats wrote to House Speaker Pelosi and said “the consequences of not passing such a measure could place our national security at undue risk” (Bloomberg, 2/13/08).

Why do the House Democrats want to keep our intelligence community weak? The answer is quite simple – many House Democrats have received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions by the trial lawyer lobby, and Democrats are working hard to prolong their boon to trial lawyers, who are tying up the court system with frivolous lawsuits against telecommunications companies who carried out their patriotic duty to assist in terrorist surveillance in the wake of September 11th.

It is unconscionable that the House Democrat Leadership would play politics with our national security. The Protect America Act expired almost a month ago and has hindered our ability to intercept conversations between those linked to suspected terrorist networks.

That’s why it’s critical that you sign our petition, so we can demand the Democrats bring this legislation to the floor.

In response to the hard-hitting truth, Democrats have made outrageous claims citing the non-apparent need for the Protect America Act. Sylvestre Reyes, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in a letter to President Bush, stated that the intelligence community could still expand surveillance and be adequately prepared to handle any potential threats against our country. Unfortunately, the truth is much scarier.

The expired provisions under the Protect America Act do not give our intelligence community the ability to use existing certifications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to cover future unknown threats against the United States. The Protect America Act allows the intel community the speedy and agile methods it needs to collect information on future terrorist suspects and organizations.

House GOP leader John Boehner weighs in here.

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