Democrats backpedal on Surveillance

13 02 2006

From the Washington Post

Two key Democrats yesterday called the NSA domestic surveillance program necessary for fighting terrorism but questioned whether President Bush had the legal authority to order it done without getting congressional approval.

Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) said Republicans are trying to create a political issue over Democrats concern on the constitutional questions raised by the spying program.

No, the liberal media, namely the NY Times et al, were the first to make it a political issue by leaking as much information as they could find.

Daschle said he wants the program to continue but maintained that the warrantless wiretapping of calls that came into the United States or calls made overseas, even those involving suspected terrorist sources, violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Harman noted that the House and Senate intelligence committees were briefed last week on domestic wiretapping. “We’re only 36 members total that we’re talking about, and those members should decide whether this program fits within the law, and if it does, which I think it does, we should all declare victory. If it does not, then we should be changing the law or changing the program.”

So, what exactly is the problem? Daschle, Harman, and other liberals sure want to sleep safely at night, but they also want the law followed. OK. Done. Now what? Tattle on Bush and make up some lies, watch them grow for several weeks, then sweep them under the rug, right? No. Please tell us what you know…that is if you know anything. Sounds like a littbackpedallinging.

Captain’s Quarters points out that Democrats need to make the NSA program and their hysterical attacks against the President ancient history. They now want people to think that they’ve supported the surveillance all along, but just want to craft legislation to support it. In truth, all they had to do was to propose that legislation when the Times published the existence of the program, but Democrats instead chose to use it as a political club to beat up the Administration. That effort backfired, and now they need that legislation to avoid being seen as lacking seriousness against terrorists a judgment that they have only reinforced in this latest kerfuffle.

Stop The ACLU says the Democrats not only damaged themselves on the issue of National Security with this whole thing, but also in the area of integrity. Their leadership that was briefed on this never spoke any significant dissent on this until it was leaked, and they thought it would be politically advantageous.

AJ Strata breaks it down. He has done a lot of research on this, make sure to check out his post on this.

I recommend investigating the NY Times. Most folks there are apparently more concerned with their careers than our country’s safety.




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