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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:06 PM
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WP: Administration Revives Dispute Over Eavesdropping Authority
In a new defense of its warrantless eavesdropping program, the Bush administration yesterday reopened a dispute about whether it tried and failed to obtain direct congressional authority for use of the president's war-making powers on U.S. territory.

The Justice Department has asserted that Congress implicitly granted President Bush the power to secretly order interception of some overseas calls and e-mails made by Americans in the United States when it passed a resolution authorizing use of military force against those responsible for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Eavesdropping is part of war, the administration maintains, and the battlefield includes the United States.
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"Literally minutes before the Senate cast its vote" on Sept. 14, 2001, Daschle wrote, the White House asked to insert the words "in the United States" into the use-of-force resolution. "I could see no justification for Congress to accede to this extraordinary request for additional authority," Daschle added. "I refused."

Assistant Attorney General William Moschella, responding yesterday to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), wrote that "we do not recall such a discussion with former Senator Daschle and are not aware of any record reflecting such a conversation." Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse, asked about the letter, said Moschella was referring only to Justice Department officials.

Daschle, in a telephone interview yesterday, stood by his account. "They can deny it, but it happened," Daschle said, "and there's no question in my mind that the reason" is that Bush advisers "feared that they didn't have the authority" to exercise war powers domestically without the inserted language.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:19 PM
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1. Maybe I'm a hopeless optimist...
...I expect us to elect people slightly brighter than the average person to govern us.

Whether Daschle's account is accurate or not, Feinstein's rebuttal is moronic. Essentially, she's saying "Daschle's claiming that he had a good idea that we ALL should have had, but I don't recall that conversation so I'm not to blame for not thinking of it myself".

I weep for the future.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:29 AM
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2. It is not Feinstens who is responding:


Assistant Attorney General William Moschella, responding yesterday to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), wrote that "we do not recall such a discussion with former Senator Daschle and are not aware of any record reflecting such a conversation." Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse, asked about the letter, said Moschella was referring only to Justice Department officials.

Daschle, in a telephone interview yesterday, stood by his account. "They can deny it, but it happened," Daschle said, "and there's no question in my mind that the reason" is that Bush advisers "feared that they didn't have the authority" to exercise war powers domestically without the inserted language.

Denis McDonough, who was then Daschle's foreign policy aide, said in a separate interview that David Crane, his counterpart in the office of then-Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), was the person who brought the White House request to Daschle. "He said, 'We'd like one last-minute change here,' " McDonough said. It was clear from the context, he said, that Crane's request "was coming from the White House."

Reached by telephone last night, Crane said he has "absolutely no recollection of that ever having occurred." Though he took part in negotiations over the use-of-force resolution, Crane said, he had been reassigned to another task before the resolution reached the Senate floor..
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:32 AM
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3. looks like it is Dashel's word vs the WH.

......Denis McDonough, who was then Daschle's foreign policy aide, said in a separate interview that David Crane, his counterpart in the office of then-Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), was the person who brought the White House request to Daschle. "He said, 'We'd like one last-minute change here,' " McDonough said. It was clear from the context, he said, that Crane's request "was coming from the White House."

Reached by telephone last night, Crane said he has "absolutely no recollection of that ever having occurred." Though he took part in negotiations over the use-of-force resolution, Crane said, he had been reassigned to another task before the resolution reached the Senate floor.
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badgervan Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:09 AM
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4. Who You Gonna Trust?
This administration has done nothing but lie to us for 5 years, and they just do not stop - why the hell should anyone with a functioning brain believe a word from any of them? I shall put my trust in Mr. Daschle, based purely on the "character" of mr. bush and company.
I mean, just how stupid are the American people? These posers/liars in our White House have been peeing on us for all this time, telling us its raining - and they still expect our trust and support? AARRGGHHH!!!
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wordpix2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:53 AM
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5. again from WH and their water carriers: "We don't recall,"--like Libby
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