Monday, February 06, 2006

FACTS AND LAW A couple thoughts about today’s domestic surveillance hearings:
1) Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declined to describe the NSA’s domestic surveillance program at any level of detail, and dismissed as “wild speculation” news reports about the program.

2) Gonzales repeatedly refused to describe the scope of the President’s authority under current law to engage in domestic surveillance. He would say only that the NSA’s current program is operating within legal parameters.
So here we have the chief law enforcement officer in the land explicitly refusing to explain his reading of the facts or the law in the area of domestic surveillance.

He is flatly--and ostentatiously--refusing to give the American people the tools to make independent judgments about the legality of their government's actions.

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