Sunday, December 25, 2005

Defending the indefensible (York, National Review Online 12/20)

From tmorange
Sent Saturday, December 24, 2005 12:45 pm
Subject Defending the indefensible

Mr. York,

In your December 20 piece "Clinton Claimed Authority to Order No-
Warrant Searches
," you twist the record to in an effort to defend this
president's illegal domestic spying program.

When then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified before the
Senate Intelligence Committee on July 14, 1994, she stated
specifically that the executive branch has "inherent authority to
conduct warrantless physical searches." As you must know, "physical
searches" are not the same as electronic surveillance. Domestic
wiretapping has for 27 years been governed by FISA, which specifically
requires court orders. Moreover, Gorelick clearly stated in her
that electronic surveillance, such as the wiretapping Bush
authorized, was governed by FISA at the time:

"In FISA, the privacy interests of individuals are protected not by
mandatory notice but through in-depth oversight of foreign intelligence
electronic surveillance by all three branches of government and by
expanded minimization procedures."

In other words, she makes exactly the opposite point you want her and
Clinton. How amusing to see the right wing maintaining a tenacious
clutch on its "Blame Clinton First" strategy. Unfortunately, your
efforts to defend this president's impeachable offenses are

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