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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

When you let our elected officials get away with anything then you know that our political system is corrupt. What happened to checks and balances? I guess it is not needed when Republicans control everything. The following extracts are from the Washington Post article in today's newspaper:

What Happened?

"Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican and Democratic sources said yesterday."

Why the change in attitude?

Sources close to Rockefeller say he is frustrated by what he sees as heavy-handed White House efforts to dissuade Republicans from supporting his measure. They noted that Cheney conducted a Republicans-only meeting on intelligence matters in the Capitol yesterday.

So what is going to happen now?

"Senate intelligence committee member Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in an interview that he supports the NSA program and would oppose a congressional investigation. He said he is drafting legislation that would "specifically authorize this program" by excluding it from the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which established a secret court to consider government requests for wiretap warrants in anti-terrorist investigations."

Obviously these guys only care about their party as opposed to our rights.

2 Comments:

Blogger Constant said...

Mike,

There's a way to compel Congress to investigate, even if they refuse: [ Click ]

2/17/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Hmmm... interesting. Perhaps we can get one of the New England states to get the ball rolling.

2/18/2006 05:25:00 PM  

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