Skip to comments.Key lawmaker calls spy program illegal. Harman is now criticizing Bush's policies
Posted on 12/02/2006 4:01:29 PM PST by FairOpinion
Rep. Jane Harman, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told a gathering of the American Bar Association on Friday that the Bush administration's secret wiretapping program for suspected terrorists is illegal.
Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County), who has become increasingly critical of President Bush's policies in recent months after her initial support for the Iraq war and her defense of the Patriot Act, also blasted the administration for refusing to provide legal opinions and authorizations for its wiretap program, interrogations policy and detentions of accused terrorists.
"The administration has too often operated under vague legal guidelines, pursuant to secret legal opinions generated by few and vetted by almost none," she said Friday.
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What are they going to do, if it turns out we'll have a terrorist attack which could have been prevented by wiretapping the terrorists?
I wish these Democrats were half as concerned about the survival of America as they are about the rights of terrorists out to destroy the US, Israel, and the civilized world. I wish these Democrats hated our enemies half as much as they hate our twice-elected President.
The Democrats are more of an enemy to America than the terrorist.
harmon....used to be one of the more sane lib/dems.....now she is nothing more than a stupid see you next tuesday!!!
she should have tried and sidled up to piglosi earlier....then she might have had the intelligence chair!!!
They'll still blame it on Bush, the MSM will run with it, and the public will accept their verdict because nobody on our side will argue otherwise.
In other words, business as usual.
Just another of the many whores belonging to the Party that promises to oppose any friend and support any foe.
Hey Jane, too late to kiss Pelosi's a$$. She found someone else.
One it won't work, Pelosi already has her enemies list. Two good for them, it should backfire.
It looks like now that the Dems will have the majority, Harman is showing her true colors. Too bad, I thought she was one Dem who put America first.
this is an issue that the white house ought to be able to hit out of the park, when will they drop the new tone and take the gloves off?
I could have sworn that Jane was in favor of this program...since she was one of the ones that knew from DAY ONE about this program...and I thought she even said she didn't see any problems with it....
I am sure all of what she has said in the past will come out...right??
Heck no...the MSM won't care.
I lay in a brick every chance I get.
was this before or after the phone call?
she was. because with her background, she knows that this program isn't much different then what the NSA has always done regarding foreign intercepts. the only difference now - politics.
only the ones calling pakistan.
Did you see the thread about the book that is coming out telling how the MEDIA has been responsible for messing with Pres. Bush's message about the war on terror>??
The White House has all kinds of reasons to take the gloves off...I just guess they feel they need to concentrate on the war...with the terrorists, rather than the MSM and the dems.
However...once January comes...the dems aren't going to LET them concentrate on the war...they will be too busy defending themselves in hearing after hearing.
That is right...she was probably in the Intel committee during Clinton's years...
Was his program the Eschelon program??
You're correct...I heard her on TV (I believe with Brit Hume) months ago say she thought the program was legal. She said that the people complaining then hadn't seen the details because they were classified.
They'll blame Bush, and the drive-by media will agree.
It's too late to get into Pelosi's good graces, so has she just gone completely over to the dark side and is climbing on the impeachment bandwagon?
Democrats are in favor of wiretapping terrorists. They just believe there should be a warrant obtained, even 72 hours after the fact.
It sure doesn't make sense...because she should be smart enough to know that her past quotes about this subject are a wee bit different than what she said here.
Think Nancy threatened her some other way if she didn't go along with the dem propaganda re: the wiretaps??
Harmon has most likely taken Saddam's money as a consolation prize for losing out on the committee chairmanship.
NO Democrat puts America first....NONE. Disgusting.
Jane Harman had a reputation for decency and patriotism, but it looks as if the Democrats have told her to shape up or ship out.
First her aide leaked a classified document to the media right before the election, and now this.
The crazy fringe won't let the decent Democrats be decent any longer. Well, frankly she has lost any respect I might have had for her. The welfare of our country is more important than a political career.
Harman is now the worst kind of Demagogue weasel, because she KNOWS better (many of them do not, they're just rabid brain-addled leftists). She has had YEARS to voice any objections to this and other counter-terrorism programs, but before now she mostly understood the security requirements of the USA. Now she is pandering to the demented left and she deserves only contempt and scorn.
Let her and the rest of the Dems ban the wiretapping of terrorists ..
While they are at it .. let them release all the terrorists from Gitmo too
And they can take FULL responsibility when more Americans are killed
Because it will happen if the Democrats tie the hands of the intelligence agencies
They have all the answers ?..
They claim to have a plan ?
BRING IT ON and stop playing games ..
Come right out and just do it and stop with the threats
Well...I like your attitude.
I think Tony and the POTUS need to say just that!
No they shouldn't .. it's their job to do everything in their power to defend their countries
But us joe smoes (sp?) and talk media can tell them to put up or shut up
Might I direct you to read post #23 in this thread and get back to us please.
Clinton-Gore Busted On Wiretaps
Thanks for looking for it and posting it.
There is this "unwritten law" -- Democrats can use wiretaps, FBI files without warrants, as they see fit, but Republicans can't use them, even if it's the question of discovering and foiling a terrorist attack on the US. It's in the Constitution (/sarcasm)
You are right. Sad thing is the average American is not smart enough to see it.
"Please tell me what it is your drinking. It must be good to cause such delusions."
This evening? Fat Tire Ale. Highly recommended.
The thing that makes Bush look bad...is that even prior to 9-11...his FBI and Attorney General folks...had sufficent powers to tap everyone's lines...but you had to appear in front of a judge and request such. The Bush administration has simply wanted to avoid any judge approving the "taps"...saying only that the president has the power to do so. All of this hocus-pocus games with the administration and the congressional "toss-another-law-onto-the-fire" efforts...are unnecessary, and have been so for several years. If people simply read the laws prior 9-11...its a very simple system. And it works. Even if Bush felt that the judges weren't acting fast enough...congress would have been willing to appoint a row of special judges to speed up the process...but no Bush appointee ever said that speed of approval was a problem...or if so...they haven't said so in the press.
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