Over one year ago President Clinton asked Congress for legislation to strengthen our ability to combat international terrorism. On April 24th the President signed S. 735, the ?Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996? into law. Congress included many of the Administration's proposals in their bill, giving our law enforcement officials tough new tools to stop terrorists before they strike, and to bring them to justice if they do. The legislation bans fundraising in the United States that supports terrorist organizations. It also allows U.S. officials to deport terrorists from American soil without being compelled by the terrorists to divulge classified information, and to bar terrorists from entering the United States in the first place.
Nevertheless, as strong as the bill was, it should have been stronger. For example, President Clinton asked the Congress to give U.S. law enforcement increased wiretap authority in terrorism cases. But the Congress refused. After the President proposed that the Secretary of the Treasury consider the inclusion of taggants in explosive materials, so that bombs can be traced more easily to the bomb makers, the Congress exempted black and smokeless powder -- two of the most commonly used substances in improvised explosive devices.
I know their excuse from reading this is going to be, but the democrats tried to do it to. I'm pointing this out because as they blame Clinton for 9/11 and not wiring tapping A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED congress felt CLINTON shouldn't have these powers. They are already attacking Clinton for not doing this as seen here.
BILL KRISTOL: I wish Bill Clinton had done this. I wish we had tapped the phones of people that Mohammed Atta, that Mohammed Atta here into the United States, if we discovered phone calls from Afghanistan to him. That's why 9/11 happened. That's what connecting the dots is.
JAUN WILLIAMS: If you're going after the terrorists so would a FISA court support it, just as you support it.
What did they fear back then about allowing Clinton the power to do this? Was it maybe the fact that a democrat was asking for this power and they were worried that it would be used against them? Maybe the Republicans would like to explain why Clinton wasn't to be trusted, but Bush is? The point of this is to kill the talking points before they start up on other networks. If you see any show trying to blame Clinton and use the excuss that it was Bill Clinton's fault then blast them on it.