It is becoming perfectly clear that Rep. Jerry McNerney is more interested in befriending his party's campaign contributors (the trial lawyers) than protecting our nation from more terrorist attacks.
McNerney opposes virtually every Bush administration effort to protect our nation, including the Protect America Act, which assists in monitoring the calls of terrorists.
In a Feb. 15 op-ed in The Washington Post, Mike McConnell, director of National Intelligence, warned that because of the expiration of the Protect America Act, "some critical operations ... would probably become impossible." He added: "Under the Protect America Act, we obtained valuable insight and understanding, leading to the disruption of planned terrorist attacks."
After Sept. 11, the government sought help from the telecommunications companies and leading congressional Democrats were informed of these actions. Trial lawyers have filed nearly 40 lawsuits seeking tens of billions of dollars from these companies. That's apparently their reward for helping the nation.
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So while McNerney helps his party's big donors, he helps curtail intelligence information to protect against terrorism and undermines a policy that has helped prevent previously planned terrorist attacks.