Discussing the FISA Compromise on Bloomberg

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... veto the housing bill. they were confident that there would not be a bush veto. the vote comes out next week. >> liz, thank you. house majority leader still the whole year helped draft a compromise that he says strikes a sound balance. i talked with him earlier and started asking for his reaction to democratic critics. >> the compromise is at the center of the bill. we rejected that in the house of representatives on the basis that it did not protect individual rights as they should be. it gave them in future administrations too much authority without court supervision. what the compromise does is reasserts the role of the foreign intelligence security court in the oversight of the interception of communications. it for tax americans from inappropriate and unjustified -- if protect americans from inappropriate and unjustified interruption of their communications. in addition, it involves the oversight of what happened when they pursue the unauthorized surveillance. what it says to the courts is that they want us to look at whether they were justified in responding to the administration's request. >> on the floor, you were quick to point out that the legislation does not address nor excused past government actions. obviously that is a reference from 2002-2005 when the administration conducted surveillance without the court's knowledge. the law in 1978 set up the court and stated that the court has to approve any such surveillance. the thing that the administration broke the law? >> i do not think the administration followed the law. they were required to come to the fisa court and they did not. one of the strong things in the compromise is the very strong articulation that if fisa -- we assured them that electronic surveillance is broadly defined. americans would be protected. we wanted to facilitate the intercept a communication by foreigners that might pose a danger to america and americans. draw on that balance was tough. we think we tree that well. we think that this bill is a good compromise and i am hopeful that the senate will pass it and send it to the president. if they send it as we pass it, then i think he will sign it. >> you say that the new version of the law contains judiciary scrutiny. >> what i mean by that is that information at the telecom companies plan to have received will be reviewed by the court. the court will determine whether or not they receive a free information and whether or not substantial evidence is present that shows that they got the information that they said they got and that they were justified in acting upon that information. >> congressman, how do you weigh concerns from americans that believe that we have a court that meets in secret and makes secret rulings. there is no sunlight here. given the type of society that we are, we are not knowing what is going on and we are taking the word from a group of people that are meeting in secret. >> one thing we need to understand is that this is a revolving court. the district court judges sit on this court and do so in a revolving way. it is not always the same judges. secondly, we provided in this legislation significant inspector general oversight of all of the departments involved and reports to the intelligence committee and the judiciary committee. much of this is done in secret to protect the united states intelligence apparatus which is critical to protecting our country. at the same time, we do not want to miss use its. therefore, we have provided for very significant oversight of these activities. >> let's move onto another legislative action. the house approved $160 billion ...