Sunday, July 09, 2006

Ally Warned Bush on Keeping Spying From Congress - New York Times

Ally Warned Bush on Keeping Spying From Congress - New York Times
In a sharply worded letter to President Bush in May, an important Congressional ally charged that the administration might have violated the law by failing to inform Congress of some secret intelligence programs and risked losing Republican support on national security matters.
Looks like emperor G is even pissing off his conservative lap-dogs in Congress...

When will Congress stand up and assert itelf as the check on power it was intended to be?

"I have learned of some alleged intelligence community activities about which our committee has not been briefed," Mr. Hoesktra wrote. "If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies."

He added: "The U.S. Congress simply should not have to play Twenty Questions to get the information that it deserves under our Constitution."

2 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

I don't know. This seems like a whole lot of b.s. pre-election time.

Reign of Reason said...

Well, the letter the congressman wrote was back in May... that’s "kinda" election season… but far enough away to give pause.

But I guess leaking it now was timely.

I go back and forth on this one: yeah, many congressmen want to distance themselves from the pres., but I don't think most conservatives really want to on this particular issue.