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Wilson offers to rewrite anti-terror surveillance bill more to Bush's liking

AP | September 20 2006

CAPITOL HILL The House Intelligence Committee today takes up a warrantless wiretapping bill that could ease a rift between the White House and Republican leaders on one side and some Republican lawmakers.

The proposal by New Mexico Republican Heather Wilson has been rewritten to allow wiretapping without warrants on Americans when the president believes a terrorist attack is "imminent."

But Wilson's bill would require that the administration share more details of the nature of the threat with House and Senate leaders from both parties and the chairmen and ranking Democrats of both intelligence committees. They would then decide who else can receive the classified information.

Some Republicans are concerned about President Bush's use of executive authority in the war on terror.

Also today, the House Judiciary Committee takes up a bill dealing with the interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects. It already has cleared the House Armed Services Committee.

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