After months of negotiation, the House today passed a compromise that, while far from perfect, is a marked improvement over last year’s Protect America Act.
It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives - and the liberty - of the American people.
Sure it’s a political calculation for the general election, but it’s still disappointing. On the other hand, I trust him to end the war and begin the long process of restoring our First and Fourth Amendment rights. Shit - that’s the first glass-half-full thing I’ve said in nearly eight years.