A Guide to the Terrorism Bills

Much of Bush's war on terrorism has been waged in the shadows. But with secret surveillance and detention programs now exposed, the Administration has been forced to reckon with the lights, and the law. The President has offered two bills to put his programs on a legal footing. So far, the strongest opposition has come from his own party.

SPYING

BUSH'S BILL would allow--but not require--the President to seek approval for the National Security Agency's (NSA's) no-warrant electronic-surveillance program from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. Bush has said he would seek the court's approval for the...