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Calls For Special House Panel and DOJ Investigations of Domestic Surveillance Program

  • Press release, January 6, 2006: “U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin today sent a letter to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert requesting that a special House panel be created “to undertake an immediate investigation and hearings into the President’s purported authority to conduct eavesdropping of U.S. citizens without a court order.”
  • Press release, January 9, 2005: “Deeply concerned about the constitutionality and precedent of President Bush’s secretly authorized domestic surveillance initiative being conducted without warrants, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today formally called for a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the development and legality of the program. Hinchey and a group of his House colleagues this week will send a letter to H. Marshall Jarrett, DOJ’s Counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility asking for an investigation into how the surveillance program came about, the involvement and objections of DOJ officials regarding the program, and the overall legality of the initiative.” [Text of draft letter is included in this press release.]
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