Gonzales Blames Congress For Secret Wiretaps
Unbelievable. The AG's position is that the Authorization for War passed on September 14, 2001 grants the administration the right to do whatever it likes. This view is, needless to say, unsupportable. And the really scary part is - this may only be the tip of the iceberg. The administration's little Middle East experiment will have implications that will be felt for decades.
Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis) responded to Gonzales' comments in an NBC interview this morning. "This is just an outrageous power grab," he said. "Nobody, nobody, thought when we passed a resolution to invade Afghanistan and to fight the war on terror, including myself who voted for it, thought that this was an authorization to allow a wiretapping against the law of the United States. "There's two ways you can do this kind of wiretapping under our law. One is through the criminal code, Title III; the other is through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. That's it. That's the only way you can do it. You can't make up a law and deriving it from the Afghanistan resolution. "The president has, I think, made up a law that we never passed," said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.).
Russ, you should have thought of that before handing absolute power to an absolute whackjob.