Thursday, July 13, 2006

Congress Awaits Bush Plan Expanding Legal Rights of Terror Suspects

A top Republican Senators says the Bush administration is preparing legislation to expand legal protections for foreign terrorism suspects to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling:
On a separate issue, Senator Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that the White House will allow a secret court to review the legality of a controversial wiretapping program.

Specter said the administration has agreed to a one-time review by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of the wiretap program conducted by the National Security Agency.

Critics have questioned the legality of the program, which monitors without court warrants phone calls and emails between people in the United States and suspected terrorists overseas.

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