Wednesday, May 17, 2006

White House to expand Privy Council

The Washington Post headline inspired mine: "More Lawmakers to Be Privy to Classified Briefings"
The White House, facing a potentially tough Senate grilling of its choice to head the CIA, agreed yesterday to expand the number of lawmakers who will receive classified briefings on the administration's anti-terrorism efforts that include warrantless wiretaps of domestic phone calls and e-mails.


Blogger zen said...

Again. This WH does what it pleases, and only after being caught, or in the least questioned, does it decide that it will refer the Constitution, the law, the court or Congressional oversight. It's shameless the power that the president assumes and justifies unconditionally as necessary during "a time of war."

12:11 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Woah - was there anything wrong, Zen? No - they're merely being accomodating for political purposes. Every WH limits such info to a small group, not just this one.

1:43 PM  
Blogger zen said...

You can attempt to excuse every individual instance. I am speaking to the pattern. Why didn't the WH seek oversight before they were outed? Why does it take getting caught before this WH thinks it needs to act within the Consititution?

10:44 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Why didn't the WH seek oversight before they were outed?

You're throwing out hyperbole. They didn't do anything wrong - they kept it secret because that makes sense. "Outed"? What's getting outed? That the NSA intercepts terrorists' calls? What here is not within the Constitution? Even the blawgers on the left agree that everything the President has done is within the Constitution. The *only* debate is whether FISA limits the President; FISA doesn't think so, the AG doesn't think so, some on the left (and right) do.

2:41 AM  

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