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Specter’s Proposal Railed By WaPo

In Culture of Corruption, International politics, Iraq War, Laws & Regulation, Terrorism, US Politics on July 15, 2006 at 2:35 pm

Deservedly so, the Washington Post railed against Sen Arlen Specter’s proposal to retroactively legitimize the NSA warrentless, domestic surveillance program, which you read about here yesterday. WaPo’s editorial board slams Specter and his proposal as follows:

It isn’t a compromise, except quite dramatically on the senator’s part. Mr. Specter’s bill began as a flawed but well-intentioned effort to get the program in front of the courts, but it has been turned into a green light for domestic spying. It must not pass… The bill’s most dangerous language would effectively repeal FISA’s current requirement that all domestic national security surveillance take place under its terms… It would also, in various places, insert Congress’s acknowledgment that the president may have inherent constitutional authority to spy on AmericansThis bill is not a compromise but a full-fledged capitulation on the part of the legislative branch to executive claims of power. Mr. Specter has not been briefed on the NSA’s program. Yet he’s proposing revolutionary changes to the very fiber of the law of domestic surveillance — changes not advocated by key legislators who have detailed knowledge of the program. This week a remarkable congressional debate began on how terrorists should face trial, with Congress finally asserting its role in reining in overbroad assertions of presidential power. What a tragedy it would be if at the same time, it acceded to those powers on the fundamental rights of Americans.”

 

 

 

 

What a tragedy, indeed. Tell Specter to withdraw and burn his proposal publicly and with intentional disrespect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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