Monday, February 13, 2006

Hatch and oversight

Even Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the Utah Republican and Judiciary Committee member who has been a staunch supporter of the eavesdropping, said that although he did not think the law needed revising, Congress had to have more oversight.

"The administration has gone a long way in the last couple of days to assure people that this highly classified program is critical to the protection of the nation," Mr. Hatch said. "I think they've more than made a persuasive case. The real question is how do we have oversight?"

(source: New York Times, February 11, 2006)

The only probalem is, Senator Hatch, is that under the law, the judicial branch already has oversight, which the Executive Branch has ignored (the part of the law that Bush has broken, but refuses to say why). The Legislative Branch giving itself oversight won't mean anything to Bush either.


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