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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wont Find It At The HuffPo

In a significant vindication for President Bush, a judge who co-authored the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act said Tuesday that the president was duly authorized under the Constitution to order the wiretapping of suspected terrorists - without getting a warrant from the FISA Court.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former FISA Court Judge Allan Kornblum said that president's Constitutional powers supersede the FISA law, which critics claim the Bush program violated


Blogger joe said...

wont find this bit either:

On the same concept of inherent constitutional authority, the Associated Press quoted Kornblum as saying: "I am very wary of inherent authority . . . It sounds very much like King George."

or this bit:

the Times focused on the opinion of former FISA Judge Harold A. Baker, who said the president was bound by the law "like everyone else."

If a law like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is duly enacted by Congress and considered constitutional, "'the president ignores it at the president's peril," Baker insisted.

nobody covers everything apparently even when they're just parroting Newsmax

3:35 PM  
Blogger joe said...

btw, can you get into my blog? it wont let me in at all since yesterday. dont know what he heck is up with that.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Joe, I can see your blog. Clear your cache. That was causing me probs too.

5:33 PM  
Blogger joe said...

thanks I managed to get it sorted, wasnt the cache though... dont know what the problem was. But thanks anyway!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

There is no language in the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) suggesting that it authorizes the President to authorize warrantless wiretaps of Americans on American soil.

FISA prohibits this kind of wiretapping program. Every time the Supreme Court has confronted a statute limiting the Commander in Chief's authority, it has upheld the statute.

Further, there simply is no reason to NOT get a warrant.
End of story.

7:13 PM  

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