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Hillary Voted Against The Reform Of The FISA

Wednesday, September 5, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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I bring up Senator Clinton’s recent vote against FISA reform because German authorities  today arrested three would-be terrorists:

Three suspected Islamic militants were arrested for allegedly plotting “imminent” and “massive” attacks on the Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub, and Frankfurt’s busy international airport, German authorities said Wednesday.

German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the three – two of whom were German converts to Islam – had trained at terror camps in Pakistan and procured some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives. And a top legislator said the group could have struck “in a few days,” noting a “sensitive period” that includes the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

It is Hillary’s position that surveillance of the communications of these three with cooperating cells recently moved into the United States ought to require a warrant.

Vote Hillary and a second holiday from history.

Romney endorsed the FISA reform.  So did Rudy.  There’s the 2008 campaign in a nutshell.  Even if Hillary trims away from the extreme elements in her party after she secures the nomination and votes for renewing the FISA when it expires in a few months.

If Hillary wins the presidency, her Adminstration will be populated with people hostile to the aggressive suppression of the terrorist threat via legal means like the surveillance techniques permitted by the reformed FISA and the traditional exercise of the presidnet’s Article II authority to conduct war.  Democrats generally and Hillary and Senator Obama specifically have painted themselves into the position of believing the world’s biggest threats are made in America, and that capturing jihadists is a sort of law enforcement sideshow to the key strategy of humbling America and binding it down Gulliver-Lilliputian style via scores of international agreements –the return, in other words, of the attitude that deeply marked Bill Clinton’s administration and with the same consequences.

BTW: As Powerline’s John Hinderaker noted yesterday, it isn’t just a German problem this week.

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