Thursday, March 30, 2006

FISA Judges: President Did Not Break The Law

From The Washington Times:
A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges yesterday told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created by executive order a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).
The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not override the president's constitutional authority to spy on suspected international agents under executive order.
The FISA judges also implied that the President had the duty to conduct the surveillance to prevent more terrorist attacks on Americans, and that the FISA law is outdated and needs to be updated.

Via Stop the ACLU.