Saturday, February 18, 2006


Senator Pat Roberts said that he wanted the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program brought under the authority of a special intelligence court, a move President Bush has argued is not necessary.

The President wants to exempt the program from the purview of the court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Ohio Sen. DeWine said his proposal called for an intelligence subcommittee with "professional staff" to have oversight. "It would be fundamentally different than doing it by the Gang of Eight.

Democrats and a growing number of Republicans say the program appears to violate the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Some Republicans are also skeptical of the Bush administration's assertion that it has the inherent constitutional authority to conduct the eavesdropping, and that Congress authorized the program when it passed a resolution after Sept. 11 giving Mr. Bush authority to use military force to defend the nation.

Look I know that everyone wants to be safe at almost any cost, but when a President and his Administration go to far, then some branch of government must be willing to correct any and all wrong doings by this or any administration.

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