FISA FLIP FLOP….Today’s revealing quote of the day comes from Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. After switching course earlier this afternoon and deciding that he wants full briefings on the NSA’s domestic spying program after all, he said this:
“I think it’s the function and the oversight responsibility of the committee,” he said, adding, “That might sound strange coming from me.”
Yes, it does sound a bit strange coming from the Bush administration’s biggest water carrier on the Hill. But it’s welcome nonetheless. Apparently Roberts now feels not only that his committee should be briefed, but that the program itself should be overseen by the FISA court.
If Roberts follows up on this, then good for him. Better late than never.