Daschle Disputes Authorization of Domestic Surveillance

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 23, 2005

AP: “The use of warrantless wiretaps on American citizens was never discussed when Congress authorized the White House to use force against al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 attacks, says former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.”

  • Washington Post Op Ed, Power We Didn’t Grant, by Tom Daschle, Friday, December 23, 2005: “As Senate majority leader at the time, I helped negotiate that law with the White House counsel’s office over two harried days. I can state categorically that the subject of warrantless wiretaps of American citizens never came up. I did not and never would have supported giving authority to the president for such wiretaps. I am also confident that the 98 senators who voted in favor of authorization of force against al Qaeda did not believe that they were also voting for warrantless domestic surveillance.”
  • December 22, 2005 letter from Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella to House and Senate Intelligence Committees
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