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Pres. Obama Signs FISA Extension — AP

Although the White House “Signed Legislation” page is not reporting it and CNN is not reporting it, as of 22:17 on 12/30/12, the Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has signed the legislation extending those few provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Act that were scheduled to sunset tomorrow.  It was a foregone conslusion that he would sign it.  Also, I had predicted that he would do it at a time and in a manner to draw the least possible attention to his action.  At the risk of going against the blogosphere, I will opine that this was a necessary and reasonable action.  I would be glad to discuss why I said that.

Here is a copy of the actual legislation that passed both houses by wide margins:

H.R.5949 — FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR)
–H.R.5949–

H.R.5949

 

One Hundred Twelfth Congress
of the
United States of America
 

AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the third day of January, two thousand and twelve

An Act

To extend the FISA  Amendments Act of 2008 for five years.

  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

      This Act may be cited as the `FISA  Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012′.

SEC. 2. FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF FISA  AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008.

      (a) Extension- Section 403(b) of the FISA  Amendments Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-261; 122 Stat. 2474) is amended–
        (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `December 31, 2012′ and inserting `December 31, 2017′; and
        (2) in paragraph (2) in the material preceding subparagraph (A), by striking `December 31, 2012′ and inserting `December 31, 2017′.
      (b) Conforming Amendment- The heading of section 404(b)(1) of the FISA  Amendments Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-261; 122 Stat. 2476) is amended by striking `DECEMBER 31, 2012′ and inserting `DECEMBER 31, 2017′.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

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