Sunday, December 25, 2005

Defending the indefensible (Lowry, Fox 12/20)

From tmorange
Sent Saturday, December 24, 2005 12:29 pm
Subject Defending the indefensible

Mr. Lowry,

On the December 20 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, you claimed
that the Clinton administration had asserted "exactly the same
authority" that President Bush has cited in defense of his illegal
domestic spying program. Unfortunately, your claim is flat wrong. When
then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified before the
Senate Intelligence Committee on July 14, 1994, she stated that the
executive branch has "inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches."

"Physical searches" are not "exactly the same" as electronic
surveillance, and you are wrong to claim they are. Domestic
wiretapping has for 27 years been governed by FISA, which specifically
requires court orders. Your efforts to defend this president's
impeachable offenses are indefensible.

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