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"Things Will Be Fine"

The lapsing of the deadline would have little practical effect on intelligence gathering. Intelligence officials would be able to intercept communications from Qaeda members or other identified terrorist groups for a year after the initial eavesdropping authorization for that particular group.

If a new terrorist group is identified after Saturday, intelligence officials would not be able to use the broadened eavesdropping authority. They would be able to seek a warrant under the more restrictive standards in place for three decades through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Apparently the necessary fear hasn't quite set in. The Wall Street Journal reports that House and Senate negotiations "are expected to stretch past Saturday." Don't they know what's at stake?