President Bush signed FISA legislation into law following brief remarks.
Reading from a prepared statement, Bush said, “Almost seven years have past since that september morning when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were murdered in our midst. The attack changed our country forever. We realized america was a nation at war. Against a ruthless and persistent enemy. We realized that these violent extremists would spare no effort to kill again.”
“And in the aftermath of 9/11, few would have imagined that we would be standing here seven years later without another attack on american soil. The fact that the terrorists have failed to strike our shores again does not mean that our enemies have given up.”
“To the contrary, since 9/11 they’ve plotted a number of attacks on our homeland. Like members standing up here, I receive briefings on the very real and very dangerous threats that america continues to face. ”
“The most important lessons learned after 9/11 was that america’s intelligence professionals lack some of the tools they needed to monitor the communications of terrorists abroad. it’s essential that our intelligence committee know who our enemies are talking to, what they’re saying, and what they’re planning.”
This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 10, 2008.