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Monday, February 06, 2006

Attorney General Defends Surveillance

From the Washington Post:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales spent more than seven hours yesterday sparring with skeptical lawmakers over a controversial domestic eavesdropping program, defending its legality while refusing to answer dozens of questions about its operations or whether President Bush has authorized other types of warrantless searches or surveillance in the United States.
Gonzales also suggested in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the administration had considered a broader effort that would include purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail but abandoned the idea in part due to fears of the negative public reaction.

Click here to read the full article.

What is most interesting about the hearing that occurred today was the reaction by some Republicans as they argued with Gonzales. For a complete transcript of the Senate hearing, click here.

--Tom Hayes


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