Sunday, April 09, 2006

Feeling Secure? Well Don't #5

It can't happen here and if it did it won't happen to me. Bullshit.
During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the NSA's secret domestic wiretapping program.

The Administration has cited the Authorization to Use Military Force and the commander in chief powers as authorizing the NSA to intercept international communications into and out of the U.S. of persons linked to al Qaeda or related terrorist organizations.

After citing his concerns that there was no limiting principle to the Administration's claim of authority in the War on Terror, Rep. Schiff asked the Attorney General whether the Administration believes it has the authority to wiretap purely domestic calls between two Americans without seeking a warrant.

"I’m not going to rule it out," responded the Attorney General.

"This is very disturbing testimony," Rep. Schiff commented later, "and represents a wholly unprecedented assertion of executive power. No one in Congress would deny the need to tap certain calls under court order -- but if the Administration believes it can tap purely domestic phone calls between Americans without court approval, there is no limit to executive power. This is contrary to settled law and the most basic constitutional principles of the separation of powers." [emphasis mine]

Just why isn't every American outraged by this stuff?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know bloggers who aren't too thrilled with the possibilities involved with unlawful detention/torture, surveillance, assumption of "war" powers - expanded - without a Congressional declaration of war. We're out there in the information stream and ahead of the pack. Point is always a place of seeing and being seen ; I'm not protected by American citizenship - for what that's worth these days - and am still startled with what can be dug up online.
Many just don't want to hear. We're compulsive info junkies compared to most.

4/09/2006 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger SPIIDERWEB™ said...

I don't know if American citizenship gives much protection these days. I seriously doubt it.

4/09/2006 02:06:00 PM  

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