Bush Readies Pen; Relishes Signing Wiretap Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) President Bush is poised to sign a bill that overhauls the bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and grants immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases.

The senate sent the measure to the president yesterday and he is to sign it in a Rose Garden ceremony this afternoon.

The bill was a victory for Bush. Its approval came only after a lengthy and heated debate that pitted privacy and civil liberties concerns against the desire to prevent terrorist attacks. It ended almost a year of wrangling in the democratic-led congress over
surveillance rules and the president's warrantless wiretapping program initiated after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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