Democrats Forced to Retreat on Their FISA Reform Bill By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor October 18, 2007 EXCERPT (CNSNews.com) - House Democrats on Wednesday abruptly pulled a bill intended to curb the administration's terrorist surveillance program after Republicans tried to correct a flaw in the bill -- and it looked like rank-and-file Democrats would go along with the Republican motion. Republicans complained that the Democrats' FISA "reform" bill (called the RESTORE Act of 2007) would prohibit timely surveillance of terror groups by requiring the intelligence community to obtain a FISA court order to listen to terrorist communications. House Republicans offered a motion to fix the bill. They wanted to make it clear that the intelligence community could conduct surveillance on Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, or any other foreign terrorist organization without waiting for a FISA court to issue a warrant every time. That would have gutted the Democrats' bill, which said intelligence officials would have to obtain a FISA court order to listen to foreign terror suspects, including Osama bin Laden, who operate overseas but who may have had contact with people in the U.S. or who may have called a U.S. number. When it looked like Democrats would go along with the Republicans' motion, Democratic leaders pulled their bill from consideration.