GONZALES Defends Eavesdropping Alberto went on the TODAY Show-to do a little clean up work-and to justify the President's actions. I thought he alre
December 18, 2005

GONZALES Defends Eavesdropping

Alberto went on the TODAY Show-to do a little clean up work-and to justify the President's actions. I thought he already had the power anyway.

WaPo: Gonzales said that while FISA prohibits eavesdropping without court approval, it makes an exception where Congress "otherwise authorizes." That authorization, he said, was implicit in the authorization for the use of military force.

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I like the "I can't tell you, but it has been helpful," routine Gonzo uses. How much did we pay journalists to plant positive stories again?

Bob Graham disagrees: "My interpretation of the law would be yes, that he did not have the legal authority to do this under the Afghanistan war resolution or under the general powers as commander-in-chief."

ReddHedd has her take: "Why bother going around the FISA law anyway? You could already do an emergency wiretap or surveillance at any time, and get a judge to okay it after the fact. You had everything you needed with the FISA laws. What were you spying on that you didn't want the FISA courts to know about?..."...read on"

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