FISA AND THE NSA….Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says that the NSA’s domestic spying program is now being conducted under orders approved by the FISA court:
In the spring of 2005…the Administration began exploring options seeking such FISA court approval….These orders are innovative, they are complex, and it took considerable time and work for the Government to develop the approach that was proposed to the Court and for the Judge on the FISC to consider and approve these orders.
First, I just have to ask: does anybody really believe that the Bush administration has been studiously beavering away on this for two years, and it’s just a coincidence that they finally made this concession a mere few days after Democrats took control of Congress? Any takers on that?
Of course, if Gonzales is telling the truth, that’s even worse for Bush because it’s a clear sign that the previous program was patently illegal. In fact, so illegal that it took two solid years to finally develop an alternative that a judge deemed acceptable. If the program merely needed a few tweaks here and there, it would have taken a month for a judge to approve it, not two years.