Wednesday, December 21, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The two met for an hour Sunday to discuss the rationale for the warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency that President Bush approved without obtaining any court orders. "I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his legal conclusion," Specter, R-Pa., said of a meeting with Gonzales, who was confirmed before Specter's committee early this year.
"I'm skeptical, but I'm prepared to listen." Specter said he expects Gonzales to be the leadoff witness at a hearing on the surveillance, which he said he would like to start next month after confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. There likely will be a national debate about whether the president really has the kind of power he's been using, said Specter, a five-term senator and former prosecutor. "There may be legislation which will come out of it to restrict the president's power," Specter said.
Specter said he would seek a copy of the resignation letter of U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who stepped down from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance. The Washington Post reported that the resignation stemmed from Robertson's concerns over whether the surveillance was legal.
Specter said he wants to meet with Robertson, and may ask him to appear before the committee.
So a liberal judge appointed by Bill Clinton makes a little noise by leaving FISA and suddenly his word is more important than both the President and the Attorney General? After their "Downing Street Memo" trick didn't work, liberals are clearly trying to turn "Snoopgate" into a latter-day Watergate and Arlen Specter is right there to cheer them on. When will the GOP step up and get rid of this man, a clear obstructionist to conservative views. Instead of telling the press off for trying to make something out of nothing, instead of helping out a man who helped him keep a job he cherishes, Specter spits in the President's face and gives us another example of what a traitor he is.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
When asked about George W. Bush, Allen responded:
Arguably the worst administration in the history of the United States. I didn't start out with any hostility; I started out rooting for him. I was rooting for him, certainly, after 9/11, and when I was in Europe a few days after Sept. 11 and people were asking me questions about him because I was from New York and people thought I was an expert I was saying, Well, I hope he'll do a good job, I'm optimistic, I think he will. He certainly got off to a good start and showed sympathy and enthusiasm and said all the right things. But he didn't. He let the country down brutally.
Monday, December 19, 2005
But the President didn't break the law, Congress knew what he was doing and since when are Democrats so concerned about Americans having their phone calls listened to by the gov't when Slick Willie made "spying" so convenient in the first place?
Clinton Used NSA for Economic Espionage
During the 1990s, President Bill Clinton ordered the National Security Agency to use its super-secret Echelon surveillance program to monitor the personal telephone calls and private email of employees who worked for foreign companies in a bid to boost U.S. trade, NewsMax.com has learned.
In 2000, former Clinton CIA director James Woolsey set off a firestorm of protest in Europe when he told the French newspaper Le Figaro that he was ordered by Clinton in 1993 to transform Echelon into a tool for gathering economic intelligence.
"We have a triple and limited objective," the former intelligence chief told the French paper. "To look out for companies which are breaking US or UN sanctions; to trace 'dual' technologies, i.e., for civil and military use, and to track corruption in international business."
As NewsMax reported exclusively on Sunday, Echelon had been used by the Clinton administration to monitor millions of personal phone calls, private emails and even ATM transactions inside the U.S. - all without a court order.
The massive invasion of privacy was justified by Echelon's defenders as an indispensable national security tool in the war on terror.
But Clinton officials also utilized the program in ways that had nothing to do with national security - such as conducting economic espionage against foreign businesses.
I'm sure the Democrats will want to investigate this matter after they're done looking like fools and coming up with nothing on Bush.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, told "CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" there were many questions but cautioned against politicizing the matter.
"I'd like to inquire why they didn't go to the Federal Intelligence Security Act," [FISA] which sets up a special court to authorize national security wiretaps," the senator said. "That's a real question they have to answer."
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, said he believes Bush's action violated the law.
"FISA law says it's the exclusive law to authorize wiretaps," he said. "This administration is playing fast and loose with the law in national security. The issue here is whether the president of the United States is putting himself above the law, and I believe he has done so."
Specter, however, said Feingold "is rushing to judgment."OK, now you know when Arlen Specter, a fellow liberal, doesn't have your back you're pretty much a lost cause.
Then again the fact that Democrats are pushing this "spying" issue is beyond ridiculous. Because not will it be found that George W, Bush did nothing wrong here, but it only enhances the fact that this party is weak on terrorism. Instead of confronting terrorists head-on like Republicans do, Democrats ignorant of the happenings surroundings the first World Trade center bombing under Bill Clinton, continue to take the "wait-and-see approach", an odious move that helped cost the lives of over 3,000 people on 9/11.
By rushing to judgment without getting his facts straight Feingold makes it clear that he's nothing but a "liberals liberal" who should have no say on protecting our country. And hopefully this latest episode of liberal hatred for Bush will ruin any chance of Feingold's rumored running for President in 2008. Then too, Feingold, a man who said "no" to going into Iraq and recently had the audacity to also call for a timetable for our troops to leave, has become such a friend to the terrorists that maybe it's about time the White House investigate bringing charges of treason up against him.