In other news, the White House is stonewalling congress [nytimes.com]. The Senate Intelligence comittee wants to know how the Bush Administration justifies the legality of the domestic surveillance program. The administration wrote a "whitepaper" about the decision, but refuses to share the memos in which the lawyers actually gave the advice.
I know that in the civil arena, we have attourney-client privilege, but this is different. This is the pertinent subcomittee of the Senate exercising it's oversight duty.
Behind all the spin, you have to wonder what is in those legal opinions. If they supported the warrantless domestic wiretapping as it is being done, we would have seen them a long time ago. But what is much more likely is that the several memos contain the legal advice that the program is in fact illegal, or at best tenuously legal, which the adminstration then ignored.
On top of this, Republicans are trying to play watch-the-birdie by claiming [nytimes.com] that
I'm glad they cleared that up! The real problem is not what they did, but how they got caught. This is disgusting.
"...the most serious issue was the unauthorized leak of sensitive information on intelligence."
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