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GOP Senators Near Deal on Eavesdropping

This is good news and can only be construed as another victory for the President............
I'm happy that people who were in the Justice Dept. at the time this whole program started are speaking out. And don't anyone try to say that David Kris must be retaliating, since his statements while he was still in the Justice Dept. are consistent with those he makes now.

Good for you, David Kris!

Ex-Justice Lawyer Rips Case for Spying
White House's Legal Justifications Called Weak

By Dan Eggen and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers

Thursday, March 9, 2006; A03

A former senior national security lawyer at the Justice Department is highly critical of some of the Bush administration's key legal justifications for warrantless spying, saying that many of the government's arguments are weak and unlikely to be endorsed by the courts, according to documents released yesterday.

David S. Kris, a former associate deputy attorney general who now works at Time Warner Inc., concludes that a National Security Agency domestic spying program is clearly covered by a 1978 law governing clandestine surveillance, according to a legal analysis and e-mails sent to current Justice officials.

Kris, who oversaw national security issues at Justice from 2000 until he left the department in 2003, also wrote that the Bush administration's contention that Congress had authorized the NSA program by approving the use of force against al-Qaeda was a "weak justification" unlikely to be supported by the courts. . . .


DOJ Accused of Abusing Wiretap Powers
September 10, 2002

By Caron Carlson

Senators charged with overseeing the Department of Justice lambasted the agency this morning for over-stepping expanded wiretap powers granted last fall following the Sept. 11 attacks. The harsh criticism from Congress came as the Bush Administration prepares for next week's launch of an ambitious new strategy for securing cyberspace—another response to the terrorist attacks, and one that is also raising concerns. . .

David Kris, associate deputy attorney general, defended the government's position to the committee. "The USA PATRIOT Act changed the `why' of FISA," but it did not change how foreign intelligence surveillance could be conducted, or when, where or on whom, Kris said. . . .

The problem the dems have in this situation is the majority of the American people do not really have a problem with the administration wiretapping incoming calls from other countries without approval..........They feel the president should have the right to do that.............I think that is why you have not heard to much foot stooping by the dems on this issue....They know its a loser.............
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