"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

AG Gonzales to Release NSA Program Details

From the NY Times:

“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday he will turn over secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, ending a two-week standoff with the Senate Judiciary Committee over surveillance targeting terror suspects.”

“The records will be given to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who two weeks ago lambasted Gonzales for refusing to turn over documents that even the FISA Court's presiding judge had no objection to releasing.”

“The documents also will be available to lawmakers and staffers on the House and Senate intelligence committees. These people already were cleared to receive details about the controversial spy program.”

How long will it take for details of this to leak? Weeks, days, minutes, seconds……?

For those of us that have no idea what this is all about, the NY Times provides the much necessary details:

“The program, which a federal judge last August declared unconstitutional, monitors phone calls and e-mails between the United States and other countries when such a link is suspected.”

Oops, sorry, my bad….it would appear the “Paper of Record” is becoming a forgetful “gray old lady,” and is missing some records/detail….

Judge in question: Anna Diggs Taylor, 6th Circuit

CNN story regarding Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruling (sorry about the weak source): “NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional” – August 17, 2006

Powerline reaction to Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruling – August 18, 2006

Almost forgot, the NY Times has a hyperlink to the Rightwing Nazi Arlen Specter, but not the “ever even keeled, middle of the road, likely multi-tasks as well as Nan, gee this country needs more like him,” so here t’is Patrick Leahy.

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