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March 18, 2008

On the Right Side: Pelosi's acts bordering on treason

Shameful. Just when you thought the Democratic-controlled House couldn't sink any lower in being a do-nothing, incompetent Congress, nearing a historic single-digit public approval rating, it has proceeded to accomplish just that.

The ever-startled-looking Nancy Pelosi has allowed the Protect America Act of 2007 to expire.

Her defiance and blocking maneuvers are inexcusable, and I would say bordering on treason.

Here is a horror story that is sure to be repeated if action is not taken now.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn pointed out in an article that three U.S. troops were kidnapped in Iraq last year and a search-and-save mission was immediately undertaken.

"Within hours, a new source of information was discovered that required electronic surveillance of phone conversations," he wrote.

Because of existing laws, it took more than 10 hours to get permission to proceed. Later, one of the soldiers was found floating in the Euphrates River, and the terrorists claimed to have executed the other two.

The Protect America Act, if in place at that time, would have allowed our forces to act immediately on the information. Do you think the 10 hours of delay may have cost the soldiers' lives? I do.

By preventing the Protect America Act from being extended, the ever-shocked-looking Pelosi will be solely responsible for tragedies like the above happening again.

Ms. Pelosi, the blood of these possible future tragedies will be directly related to your inaction. How could any patriotic American allow something like this to happen?

The bill to extend the act's provisions was handily passed by the Senate by a vote of 68 to 29. It came to a standstill when the bill reached the House.

Nancy knew that the bill would pass with bipartisan support if it were brought to the floor, so she simply did not allow that to happen. She also lied about her reasons for doing so. As per the CongressDaily publication, aides said the reason for not bringing the bill to the floor was "a very tight floor schedule."

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