Saturday, December 16, 2006
Leahy will look into domestic wiretaps
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont will use his new position as chairman of the Judiciary Committee to go after information about the NSA's domestic wiretapping program. U.S. Attorney General Alberto has refused in the past to provide such information, but Leahy's Democrats were in the minority at the time. Here's what the Brattleboro Reformer writes:
Gonzales previous committee appearances have left Leahy frustrated. In February, Gonzales flatly refused to reveal details of the president's program authorizing the National Security Agency to wiretap domestic phones used for some foreign conversations.
"Our enemy is listening," Gonzales warned the senators. The next hearing might be different if Leahy is armed with supporting documents and the ability to swear-in administration officials -- an element absent from the Gonzales hearing in February, despite Democratic complaints.
"I will look again into this issue of wireless wiretapping. Nothing frightens me more," Leahy said Wednesday. "I'm not prepared to accept answers (of), 'I can't answer that.'"