Wednesday, January 04, 2006

White House Told NSA Briefings Broke Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told President Bush Wednesday that the White House broke the law by withholding information from the full congressional oversight committees about a new domestic surveillance program.

In a letter to Bush, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said the National Security Act requires the heads of the various intelligence agencies to keep the entire House and Senate intelligence committees "fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States."

Only in the case of a highly classified covert action can the president choose to inform a narrower group of Congress members about his decision, Harman said. That action is defined in the law as an operation to influence political, economic or military conditions of another country.

"The NSA program does not qualify as a 'covert action,' " Harman wrote... (more)

Remember this?
"If someone committed a crime, they will no longer be in my administration," Bush

Resign right now george or you are not only a criminal, you're a trifling fucking liar.

In other news today, the chimperor just doesn't know when to quit.

Bush Recess-Appoints Crony Julie Myers + 16 Others

dailykos: Bush today made the following recess appointments. (Full list at the end of the diary.)
The most immediately interesting and terrifying name is that of Julie Myers, the second of two similarly named cronies picked by Bush for important national positions in the wake of Katrina and Michael Brown.
Myers' nomination at the time was so odious as to elicit this reaction from noted obstructionist Democrat Michelle Malkin:

Oh, give me a ^*&%$# break and a half! This nomination is a monumental political and policy blunder in the wake of the Michael Brown/FEMA iasco. And I can tell you that contrary to the Miss Mary Sunshine White House spokeswoman's comments, rank-and-file DHS employees and immigration enforcement officials are absolutely livid about Myers' nomination.

John at A'blog has this take..

Bush Dissolves Congress

Hard to interpret this any other way. Recess appointing Assistant Secretaries of Defense and DEPUTY Secretaries of Defense? General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence? Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security? Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security?

(related posts)
I'ma Soldier, Not a Spy
Full Speed Ahead
Bob Barr: The president violated the law
Why didn't the NY Times publish the domestic spying story last ...

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