Wednesday, January 04, 2006

AP: White House Told NSA Briefings Broke Law

AmericaBlog points to this article from the AP--finally a Democrat is telling the truth about what Bush has done: "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 (news, bio, voting record), 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."


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