Judiciary Cmte. Requests Extensive Info On Domestic Spying Program From Attorney General

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 8, 2006

Following up on AG Gonzales Testimony to Judiciary Cmte. Generates Strong Response, news today about Congressional requests for additional information on the NSA spy program: Press release: “House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) today sent a Judiciary Committee oversight letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting extensive answers about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) terrorist surveillance program. The 14-page oversight letter requests that the Attorney General respond to the 51 questions by March 2nd. Chairman Sensenbrenner stated, “Questions have been raised about the President’s authority to establish the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program, which was created to protect Americans against a dangerous enemy intent upon using any means possible to destroy Americans and the freedoms we cherish. Fulfillment of Congress’s oversight responsibility about this program no doubt will involve highly classified information that cannot be publicly released without harming national security. Nonetheless, I’m confident the unclassified responses to these questions will both assist the Committee’s oversight efforts and better inform the people that the program is designed to protect.”
Related resources and references:

  • AP: White House to give House committee information on spy program
  • NSA Eavesdropping: Privacy vs. National Security? by Lionel Beehner From the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Washington Post: Analysis – Limiting NSA Spying Is Inconsistent With Rationale, Critics Say, by Dan Eggen
  • Washington Post: The Wrong Wiretap Debate
  • Washington Post: Activists on Right, GOP Lawmakers Divided on Spying Privacy Concerns, Terror Fight at Odds
  • Washington Post: For Some, Spying Controversy Recalls a Past Drama
  • Authorization for Use of Military Force, September 18, 2001 Public Law 107-40 [S. J. RES. 23] 107th Congress.
  • USNews.com: Seeking Spies-Why the CIA is having such a hard time keeping its best
  • Postings on domestic surveillance
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