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Senate Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas
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Breaking: Senate Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas For NSA Domestic Spying Documents

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/06/21/nsa-docs-supoena/

The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted 13-3 to authorize chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to issue subpoenas for documents related to the NSA warrantless surveillance program. Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) voted with the Democrats on the committee to authorize the subpoenas for any legal opinions and advice the Bush administration has received regarding the NSA program.

The Center on Democracy & Technology has released a list of the seven “most wanted surveillance documents.” See the full list here.
http://www.cdt.org/security/20070620wanteddocs.php

The confrontation over the documents “could set the stage for a constitutional showdown over the separation of powers.” The Senate Judiciary Committee had previously scheduled to authorize subpoenas last week, but Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) blocked the Judiciary Committee from voting on the subpoenas.
http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070608/ZNYT02/706080352/-1/wire02

On May 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee made at least its ninth formal request for the documents, but the Justice Department continued its stonewalling. Leahy issued the following statement about today’s vote:

This stonewalling is unacceptable and it must end. If the Administration will not carry out its responsibility to provide information to this Committee without a subpoena, we will issue one. If we do not, we are letting this Administration decide whether and how the Congress will do its job. […]

Why has this Administration been so steadfast in its refusal? Deputy Attorney General Comey’s account suggests that some of these documents would reveal an Administration perfectly willing to ignore the law. Is that what they are hiding? […]

Whatever the reason for the stonewalling, this Committee has stumbled in the dark for too long, attempting to do its job without the information it needs. We need this information to carry out our responsibilities under the Constitution. Unfortunately, it has become clear that we will not get it without a subpoena. I urge the adoption of the subpoena authorization.

The House Judiciary Committee has also threatened to subpoena the NSA documents. In a hearing last month, Principal Assistant Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Steven Bradbury refused the committee’s request to turn over the papers, but refused to assert executive privilege in doing so.

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103 Comments
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1.

For the record, spying on americans and the dismissal of the fourth amendment is perfectly acceptable when trying to keep the country safe. If the President happens to come across some information regarding his political opponents, then all the better.

Comment by Jake — June 21, 2007 @ 2:01 pm
2.

YES!!

Comment by Zooey — June 21, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
3.

For the record, ignore the trolls.

Comment by Lupeyg2 — June 21, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
4.

Um, TP, “Subpoeans” should be “Subpoenas.”

Just sayin’

Comment by Zooey — June 21, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
5.

About time you stopped “asking”, and started demanding, Congress.

Next question: When the administration fails to comply with these subpoenas (notice I said ‘when’, not ‘if’), what will you do? What measures will you take when these criminals flout the law again?

Comment by TripMaster Monkey — June 21, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
6.

And they wonder why the Democrat Congress approval rating is 19%.

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:07 pm
7.

i’m with #5… no more asking… no more subpoenas that don’t get enforced… no more dilly-dallying… we need, DESPERATELY, accountability NOW…!

And, yes, I DO take it personally

Comment by profmarcus — June 21, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
8.

Roberts and Alito will stop this crap.

Comment by Downindixie — June 21, 2007 @ 2:09 pm
9.

“And they wonder why the Democrat Congress approval rating is 19%.

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:07 pm”

It’s because they HAVE NOT been doing this……

They have been waltzing with them, until now….

I expect to see their approval rating jump up now…..

Although you just can’t stand when someone actually does the job they are suppose to and supports the Constitution…….

Comment by RemoveBush — June 21, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
10.

TP Subpoeans WTF? spellcheck/ college graduates/ junkyard journalists

The Subpoenas are Coming!
The Subpoenas are Coming!
The Subpoenas are Coming!

Comment by Flaco — June 21, 2007 @ 2:12 pm
11.

Sorry it is actually 14%.

Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.

Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs. Just 15% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in HMOs. (By way of contrast, 69% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military, which tops the list…)

From the Gallup Guru.
Hey Harry, please note that the US military tops the list of organizations rated by Gallup at 69%. For the numerically challenged, that means that 56% more people have confidence in the US military than in the Congress.

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:17 pm
12.

I give them a 10 for posture and style and I give them a 2 for spine and results.

Comment by Heterodoxy — June 21, 2007 @ 2:19 pm
13.

Guess they finally got tired of having their letters ignored?

Comment by Wayne — June 21, 2007 @ 2:19 pm
14.

And this should have been done ages ago….it is obvious that Bushco are criminals and will not obey the law no matter what. Take the Dictator down, go for the juggular like a junk yard dog, quit pussy-footen’ around.

IGNORE THE TROLLS - Debate good, Trolls suck

Comment by Buck Fush — June 21, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
15.

Flaco = The Joker = Mr. Roboto

Comment by PRIMVS INTER PARES — June 21, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
16.

#12 - that would be a mean / average grade of a 6. Thats a failing grade.

Comment by Your Conscience — June 21, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
17.

The sub-peons are already here!

Flaco, Jako and Franko…

Comment by heyzeus — June 21, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
18.

Last month, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey exposed Alberto Gonzales lying under oath regarding the Bush administration’s internal debate over the legality of its NSA domestic surveillance program. Now, former Attorney General John Ashcroft in closed door testimony today before the House Intelligence Committee confirmed that Gonzales once again lied to Congress.

For the story, see:
“Ashcroft Contradicts Gonzales’ Testimony on NSA Program.”

Comment by AngryOne — June 21, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
19.

Well, it’s about time. Let’s get this show on the road. Let’s get it into the courts and let the courts decide weather or not we will continue to march towards a dictatorship and a fascist state or whether we can take back this once great country.

Comment by Katie — June 21, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
20.

Since there is no domestic spying program what are they going to subpoena?

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
21.

Documents will reveal that warrantless wiretapping has been used to spy on the CIA, the FBI, Brewster Jennings, Congressman and Senators - the results from which were used to stay a step ahead of the law, and when necessary, blackmail those who opposed the Administration’s “RUSH TO EMPIRE.”

Comment by ace — June 21, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
22.

Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

I don’t doubt it, Jake. You won’t find many fans of Congress here. But let this Congress grow some teeth and start to hold BushCo accountable, and then let’s watch that approval rating rise.

Comment by spit take — June 21, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
23.

Go get them Sen. Leahy and take NO prisoners.

Comment by Jay Randal — June 21, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
24.

For the record, spying on americans and the dismissal of the fourth amendment is perfectly acceptable when trying to keep the country safe.
comment by Jake

perfectly acceptable ?… Creating this phony fear, invading an innocent country so we can call it we are at war in order to spy on Americans… like those opponents running for office and getting the goods on those in order to blackmail if their vote does not go as they prefer….perfectly acceptable?… we will now see won’t we. It is all beginning to unravel.

Comment by had enough — June 21, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
25.

Frank J,

Don’t hide behind it brother. The President can tap anyones phone if he wants. We’re at war, he has war time powers, that means we all give up our constitutional protections during that time. Who cares if these libs don’t like it. I hope the President is spying on Hillary and Obama.

We don’t want these whackos getting control of our country do we? We should use all the power at our disposal to stay in power. Party before country. Let them issue their subpoenas. The founders never meant for these godless freaks to have that power anyway. They were conservatives that enjoyed ruling the “rabble” (that’s my favorite John Adams quote. If only we still had the Aliens and Seditions act to work with)

Ah the good ol days when you could simply jail your political opponents.

Comment by Jake — June 21, 2007 @ 2:26 pm
26.

At first I was happy to see Specter finally putting some money where his mouth was for once, but then I realized he probably saw the vote was going to be at least 10-6 in favour anyways, so he just lemminged himself in there to look like he has a spine.

Comment by Jones — June 21, 2007 @ 2:26 pm
27.

#5 ~ impeach. Easy beans, just takes a majority vote… then off to the Senate to put the President on trial.

You want it? You got it.

Comment by DM — June 21, 2007 @ 2:26 pm
28.

“Since there is no domestic spying program what are they going to subpoena?

Comment by Frank J — June 21, 2007 @ 2:21 pm”

YOUR A MORON!!!!

There ABSOLUTELY IS A DOMESTIC SPYING PROGRAM…….

I guess you MISSED the lawsuit against AT&T that PROVES this was implimented only 3 weeks after Bush got into office…..

IDIOT!

Comment by RemoveBush — June 21, 2007 @ 2:26 pm
29.

Nine requests?! Push comes to shove — what will these Dems do? I’m less than sanguine…
And yes, Specter is a weaselous tool.

Comment by NoOneYouKnow — June 21, 2007 @ 2:31 pm
30.

For the record, spying on americans and the dismissal of the fourth amendment is perfectly acceptable when trying to keep the country safe. If the President happens to come across some information regarding his political opponents, then all the better.

Comment by Jake — June 21, 2007

Spoken like a true neo-conservative Nazi.

-GSD

Comment by GSD — June 21, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
31.

DO YOU GET IT NOW?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW BLACKMAIL HAS PLAYED A ROLE IN EVERYTHING THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SINCE BUSH TOOK OFFICE?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF BEING ABLE TO WIRETAP WITHOUT A WARRANT?

HOW DID ISRAEL KNOWN THE INFORMATION ABOUT FOLEY?
WHY DOES CONGRESS VOTE WITH ISRAEL ON EVERYTHING?

WHY DO YOU THINK ONLY MEN OF LOW MORAL CHARACTER ARE PUT INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE FIRST PLACE?
GET A CLUE AMERICA.
BLACKMAIL IN D.C. IS RAMPANT.
WHO CONTROLS THE WIRETAPS?
ISRAEL DOES:

Regarding Falwell’s recounting of how he worked with Netanyahu in undermining Clinton’s pressure on Israel, Vanity Fair reported:

On a visit to Washington, D.C. in 1998, Netanyahu hooked up with Jerry Falwell at the Mayflower Hotel the night before [Netanyahu’s] scheduled meeting with Clinton. “I put together 1,000 people or so to meet with Bibi [Netanyahu] and he spoke to us that night,” recalls Falwell. “It was all planned by Netanyahu as an affront to Mr. Clinton.” . . . The next day, Netanyahu met with Clinton at the White House. “Bibi told me later,” Falwell recalls, “that the next morning Bill Clinton said, ‘I know where you were last night.” The pressure was really on Netanyahu to give away the farm in Israel. It was during the Monica Lewinsky scandal . . . . Clinton had to save himself, so he terminated the demands [to relinquish West Bank territory] that would have been forthcoming during that meeting, and would have been very bad for Israel.” (END OF VANITY FAIR EXCERPT)

What Falwell did not mention—at least as reported by Vanity Fair—is that his meeting with the Israeli leader took place on the very evening before the mass media in America broke open the Monica Lewinsky scandal with much fanfare.

LOOK AT THIS ENTIRE 4 PART SERIES ON FOX:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm

GET A CLUE!!!!

Comment by ace — June 21, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
32.

Since there is no domestic spying program what are they going to subpoena?
Comment by Frank J

What drugs are you on?

Comment by Wayne — June 21, 2007 @ 2:35 pm
33.

They have been tracking phone conversations between Al Qaeda cells in Europe for example and Senator Dick Turban. Which they should be doing. But there is no spying going on between American citizen to American citizen unless that American is overseas calling on Dick Turban or Valarie Plame for example.

Comment by Unvarnished Truth — June 21, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
34.

OK everyone, Jake is pulling our collective legs or completely insane. My guess is the former so let’s back off on our reactions.

The real problem becomes one of what can be done in a timely manner. Bush will indeed object to the subpoena and refuse to respond based upon executive privilege, national security and inherent powers of the Commander in Chief. The Republicans in Congress will insist that the matter must be handled by the courts. Unfortunately, the Bushco courts are unlikely to resolve the matter until long after Bush has left office. What should we do then? Impeach, of course. Reid and the others ought to draft charges against both Bush and Chenney. Reid and Pelosi need to go to the public and outline the seriousness of the constitutional crisis which has and is currently occuring.

Comment by JMOHR — June 21, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
35.

The title is a bit misleading, isn’t it?

The committee didn’t issue subpoenas rather authorized Leahy to issue them.

Comment by Matt — June 21, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
36.

bush at 26% in new newsweek poll.

Comment by pgw — June 21, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
37.

“American voters are fooled into believing their elected officials in Congress are actually governing for them.” Better headline no?

Comment by Don Peidmont — June 21, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
38.

We’re at war, he has war time powers, that means we all give up our constitutional protections during that time.

We’re at war? Where are we at war? Iraq is an occupation, and we’ve abandoned the ‘war on terror’ when we stopped trying to

 

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