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Democrats Are Right on NSA Spying Case

This might surprise some of you long time Wizbang readers, but I think the Democrats are absolutely correct. We need a congressional investigation.

AND I don't mean an investigation by a sub-sub-sub-committee. I mean the full monty. I want hearing live on felevision with the white hot lights that cause beads of sweat to form on foreheads. I want legal clerks by the dozen taking down every word and looking for perjury.

And more importatny, I want the committee to have subpoena power.

There are serious questions I want answered. And I want them answered under oath.

As soon as Congress issues the subpoena and we get to question Jamie Gorelick, we'll finally get some of the answers we've been looking for.


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Screw Gorelick.I w... (Below threshold)

Screw Gorelick.

I want The Peanut Farmer on the stand.

Why?, Gorelick will probabl... (Below threshold)
mark m:

Why?, Gorelick will probably be ON the committee.

Yes, we need an investigati... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Yes, we need an investigation and appoint a US Attorney to convene a grand jury to find out who leaked this information about the program to the New York Times.

I was explaining to a friend last night that the bad guys now have specific information about how we can use data mining to uncover their cells. The bad guys will respond by changing their communications habits. For example, if one person is supposed to relay a message to multiple people, they may receive the message on a cell phone, and then relay the message to multiple parties by driving to separate pay phones and using separate phone cards purchased with cash. Thank you NYT for helping keep terrorists safer.

The counter argument is that this was needed to raise the possible privacy issue. However, if the AG response and statements by other public officials are correct, Congress, our elected officials, were notified a dozen times in classified briefings. Either the NYT or Congressional leaders could have raised the privacy issue and asked for a closed-door investigation without disclosing the details of this operation. Congress chose not to take action, and the NYT chose to print a considerable amount of detail on the front page of their paper.

Indeed. What's good for the... (Below threshold)

Indeed. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

I'd love to see Gorelick as... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I'd love to see Gorelick asked real questions about her motivations to put in place laws that prevented the interchange of information between goverment agencies that are by law tasked for the security of this country.

great discussion on powerli... (Below threshold)
christopher aland:

great discussion on powerline today. http://powerlineblog.com/archives/012631.php

When considered in the big ... (Below threshold)

When considered in the big picture:

* that the key members of the Congress were notified, that the calls monitored were to/from Al Qaida locations
* that there were frequent status reports to the FISA
*that argument over 4th Amendment protection is a non-starter (this a matter of national security, rather than criminal prosecution)

... this is pretty straight forward and legit. But, yes, lets have a Congressional Investigation.

I'd say any Congressional Investigation first start with sworn testimony FROM the members of the Senate Select Intelligence Committe, asking when they were briefed by the President.

Let them swear they never knew about these acts, and then let the Committe go from there. If their answers confirm the President's assertion taht he kept them in the loop, I'd bet the Committe would wrap up real fast.

It would be interesting to ... (Below threshold)

It would be interesting to see the list of people targeted. I mean, if the names on the list included only terrorist / reasonably inferred to be associciated with terrorist / a few wrong (but understandble) names and no political enemies, then the D's will have forcefully proved that Bush cares about the war on terror, and that he has not stopped working at it, and is taking intellegent, prudaent steps. Boy, that will reeeeeeeally help their mid-term election chances.

And if, by some chance, George Galloway (MP-Baathist) is on the list, I will not be too un happy either.

I couldn't agree more! Let'... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I couldn't agree more! Let's have an Oliver North-style circus with clerks, secretaries, sub-sub-officials, reporters from the NY TImes and WaPost, administration officials, the whole shebang. I want to know exactly who's been shooting their mouth off to the press regarding a true national security issues (domestic tapping, secret prisons), and who's leaking names and events.

Let's drive out that rat Gorelick and the other sorted rats at the CIA and DoD. This lunacy has to stop somehow.

Powerline's detailed analys... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Powerline's detailed analysis concludes the President has the authority to approve NAS intercepts as described. Drudge reported that both President Carter and Clinton authorized warrantless searches during their administrations. Where was the outcry then? The President has openly confirmed his actions, so an investigation by Congress into the details is just a political exercise. If critics want to make a legal case, the courts are the right venue, not Congress.

Remember the story, "The Bo... (Below threshold)
jc:

Remember the story, "The Boy who Cried Wolf?" The night Bush was elected I went to bed happy and then when I woke up in the morning (Arizona time) liberals had already been shouting about illegitimacy and corruption for a few hours down in Florida. They haven't shut up since. Even if they were right about any of these things (NSA spying, Valerie Plame, etc.) would anybody pay attention to them?

read fisa. any eavesdroppin... (Below threshold)
billy:

read fisa. any eavesdropping by the government on an american which does not use a fisa warrant must be punished by 5 years in prison. bush admitted authorizing this 30 times.

let the hearings begin you cowards.

Billy: All you're looking ... (Below threshold)

Billy: All you're looking for is a Constitutional show-down. If the SCOTUS finds in favor of President Bush, you'll scream the court is stacked, and is thus illegitimate, etc. etc.

Hmmmm.let... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

let the hearings begin you cowards.

sigh. It would be nice if one single Democrat ever actually read the US Constitution.




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