Wednesday, February 08, 2006


More on the wiretaps

According to this New York Times article, Representative Heather Wilson (R-NM) "broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program."  Wilson chairs the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, which oversees the National Security Agency. The article says that Wilson has...

[...] "serious concerns" about the surveillance program. By withholding information about its operations from many lawmakers, she said, the administration has deepened her apprehension about whom the agency is monitoring and why.
The Times goes on to say this:
A growing number of Republicans have called in recent days for Congress to consider amending federal wiretap law to address the constitutional issues raised by the N.S.A. operation.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for one, said he considered some of the administration's legal justifications for the program "dangerous" in their implications, and he told Mr. Gonzales that he wanted to work on new legislation that would help those tracking terrorism "know what they can and can't do."
I don't agree with Senator Graham on much, but I certainly agree with him here!

I give a hearty "Thank you!" to Representative Wilson and to Senator Graham for considering the well-being of the country and the constitution above partisan politics and threats from the White House of blacklisting.

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