NSA Hearings, Day 1

NSA HEARINGS, DAY 1….Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wins today’s chutzpah award for his defense of the NSA’s domestic spying program:

As for news accounts about the domestic eavesdropping, Mr. Gonzales said, they have been “in almost every case, in one way or another, misinformed, confused or wrong.”

Needless to say, Gonzales can clear that up anytime he wants to. All he has to do is tell us in general terms what criteria the NSA uses to decide which U.S. citizens to listen in on so we can all get it straight.

I’m also more tired than you can imagine of his constant invocation of presidents from Washington to Roosevelt who authorized warrantless surveillance in wartime. All of that happened before FISA was passed in 1978 and is completely meaningless. And he knows it.

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