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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

FISA Judges Say Bush within the Law

Hattip to Jay at Stop the ACLU (Obtained with Jay's permission to reprint)

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by Jay, 03-29-06, Filed under War On Terror, News, Hat tip: AJ Strata, Via Washington Times

A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges yesterday told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created by executive order a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).

The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not override the president’s constitutional authority to spy on suspected international agents under executive order.

“If a court refuses a FISA application and there is not sufficient time for the president to go to the court of review, the president can under executive order act unilaterally, which he is doing now,” said Judge Allan Kornblum, magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and an author of the 1978 FISA Act. “I think that the president would be remiss exercising his constitutional authority by giving all of that power over to a statute.”

Jay believes that this sure will be a hard pill to swallow for many on the Bush hating left. As a matter of fact, Powerline took notice to how an involved party, The NY Times have already tried to sugar coat it.

Having reviewed the transcript, Powerline conclude that the Washington Times’ characterization was fair, but arguably overstated. The New York Times, however, badly misled its readers.
Of course this is no suprise coming from the original backstabbing source of the National Security leak. After all, they do have a book they are trying to peddel.

Don Surber is on the same wavelength.

Meanwhile, the ACLU are still crying about it all.

Iowa Voice linked with FISA Judges: Bush Acted Within Law Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Senate Takes Step Closer to Domestic Spying Oversight

Amy Proctor linked with Can You Hear Me NOW??

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Rosemary said...

Great article. I didn't even know about this. When did it happen? Where was I? D'oh!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yeah, Rosemary, I barely heard about this as well. I think I was listening to Michael Medved, and he brought up the comparison between the NY Times take and the Washington Times.

Wonder if anyone's told Russ Feingold, yet?

Rosemary said...

I doubt it. They probably did bother to check! lol.