So, if I follow this correctly, it is so important to the safety of the nation to make the current temporary bill permanent that the President will veto a 30 day extension — an extension needed, among other reasons, because of the White House’s late delivery of pertinent documentation about the surveillance program? A demonstration of just how shameless this administration is: Veto of Wiretap Measure Is Threatenedpdf

The White House warned Democratic leaders yesterday that President Bush would veto a proposal to extend an expiring surveillance law by 30 days, saying that Congress should quickly approve a Senate bill favored by the Bush administration.

The move is aimed at forcing Congress to renew and expand the Protect America Act — which is due to expire at the end of the day Thursday — and escalates a national security showdown between Democrats and the White House just before the president’s annual State of the Union address.

[…] In his weekly radio address, Bush said “we cannot afford to wait” for a permanent legislation.

“If this law expires, it will become harder to figure out what our enemies are doing to infiltrate our country, harder for us to uncover terrorist plots and harder to prevent attacks on the American people,” Bush said.

But [Harry] Reid said that “current law ensures that no ongoing collection activity will be cut off on February 1.”

For more background, see this entry: Something Else From This Week’s New Yorker