Another Gift to the Americans

US President George W. Bush Thursday signed a law expanding legal authority for wiretaps by spy agencies, which he hailed as vital for America’s security, after a fierce Congress battle.

“This law will play a critical role in helping to prevent another attack on our soil,” Bush said as he signed the bill, calling it “vital to the security of our people.”

“The bill will allow our intelligence professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the communications of terrorists abroad while respecting the liberties of Americans here at home,” he said.

The law includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications firms that aided warrantless government surveillance operations following the September 11 attacks in 2001, meeting a key White House demand.

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