National security is GOP priority

As election nears, party to press for action on surveillance, detainees

September 04, 2006|By Julie Hirschfeld Davis | Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN REPORTER

WASHINGTON -- The White House and Republicans in Congress are launching a pre-election push to highlight national security issues, pressing for action on President Bush's warrantless surveillance program and a new system for trying terrorism detainees.

Debate over the measures is timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a series of speeches by Bush - including one today - designed to remind the public of lingering threats and portray the continued U.S. presence in Iraq as a vital mission.

Terrorism arrest Al-Qaida in Iraq's No. 2 leader has been captured. Pg 9A

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