Conyers Holds Unofficial House Judiciary Cmte. Hearing in Basement - Again
No, not the Basement Tapes, but the second Basement Hearings [the first hearing was held on June 16, 2005.] From the Prepared Statement of Congressman John Conyers, Jr., January 20, 2006, Democratic Hearing on Domestic Surveillance: "There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. The Bush Administration offers two arguments to justify their actions. First, they assert, that warrantless searches were authorized by the Afghanistan use of force resolution. Second, they say, the Constitution permits and even mandates such actions. To this member and indeed to most of our nations legal community, neither argument is remotely plausible or credible, and nothing in their 42 page legal analysis establishes anything to the contrary."
Related postings on domestic surveillance
Judiciary Democratic Congressional Briefing "Constitution in Crisis: Domestic Surveillance and Executive Power" January 20, 2006.