I am pleased that the Judiciary Committee approved the Responsible Electronic Surveillance that is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective Act of 2007  (RESTORE Act) with my amendment protecting civil liberties included in it.  For too long the Bush Administration has gotten away with bending surveillance rules, if not breaking the law, by assailing their critics with charges of being unpatriotic, fear-mongering, and asking that the public just trust them.  What little we have already learned from them has shown that we cannot simply follow this Administration blindly.

The RESTORE Act would reinforce the role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court in regards to electronic surveillance programs, clarify that so-called “foreign-to-foreign

My amendment, adopted by the committee, expands oversight by requiring a federal judge to review government compliance with the terms of surveillance orders.  Finally, this bill does not include any immunity for telecommunications companies that may have broken the law when they participated in the President’s warrantless wiretapping program.  The RESTORE Act is vital because it sends a message that the rule of law still governs in this country and t still ensures that we can intercept phone calls from terrorists.