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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Outrageous presidency 

The list of Republicans questioning Bush's asserted authority to wiretap without oversight continues to grow,

A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.

The lawmaker, Representative Heather A. Wilson of New Mexico, chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, said in an interview that she had "serious concerns" about the surveillance program. By withholding information about its operations from many lawmakers, she said, the administration has deepened her apprehension about whom the agency is monitoring and why.

Ms. Wilson, who was a National Security Council aide in the administration of President Bush's father, is the first Republican on either the House's Intelligence Committee or the Senate's to call for a full Congressional investigation into the program, in which the N.S.A. has been eavesdropping without warrants on the international communications of people inside the United States believed to have links with terrorists.

... Many Republicans have strongly backed President Bush's power to use every tool at his disposal to fight terrorism, but 4 of the 10 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced concerns about the program at a hearing where Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified on Monday.

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I'm glad to see my party can step aside from partisanship and not just toe the line. I don't think the President need fear any inquiries, but in the system of checks and balances, Congress should always being questioning.
I rather like your (Republican) Senator DeWine, he's not a bush-bot.

I am tortured by the facts that I like divided government and that DeWine and Specter are among the most endangered senators in '06.

 

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