May 16, 2006

Pulitzers On Parade

Hatched by Dafydd

Here is an interesting turn of events:

The White House, in an abrupt reversal, has agreed to let the full Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees review President George W. Bush's domestic spying program, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The Republican chairmen of the Senate and House panels disclosed the shift two days before a Senate confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as the new CIA director, which is expected to be dominated by concern over the program.

The Democrats on the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence include:

  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller (WV), the ranking member, who kept a copy of his letter objecting to the NSA al-Qaeda intercept program in the committee safe for "future use;"
  • Sen. Carl Levin (MI), who accused the NSA of "tap[ping] the wires and the phones of American citizens without any court oversight;"
  • Sen. Russell Feingold (WI), radical leftist who was the only US senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act;
  • Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL), impeached and removed from his federal judgeship in 1989 for corruption and perjury;

The Republican members include this rogue's gallery:

  • Sen. Chuck Hagel (NE), who joined the Democrats in filibustering against the USA Patriot Act;
  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA), who objected to Michael Hayden heading up the CIA because Hayden is in the military;

So with all these folks now to receive full, operational briefings on the innards of the NSA and CIA anti-terrorism spying programs... does that mean we should look for a whole slew of new, Pulitzer Prize winning stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post, exposing sources, methods, and targets of US surveillance -- and quoting "unnamed officials who spoke on condition of anonymity from their offices in the Capitol Dome?"

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 16, 2006, at the time of 5:36 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Eg

Those 6 get to ride to the briefing in the small bus.

This stories really getting quite interesting: USA Today’s NSA Tale Crumbling

At any rate, they may as well just televise the damn thing - including translations in Arabic and Farsi.

To top-off the insanity of all this, when we should be dismantling these committee's - by the time all's said and done - they'll no doubt commission at least two additional oversight committee's with a potential for additional 500 leaks.

The above hissed in response by: Eg [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 1:43 AM

The following hissed in response by: Eg

Somebody really needs to get this hopping by asking the question, 'Were any of the FISA judges briefed on upcoming select committee NSA review?' ;)

The above hissed in response by: Eg [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 1:57 AM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

Maybe it is a sting.

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 7:24 AM

The following hissed in response by: Airdale

The short answer to your question is, "Yes."

The above hissed in response by: Airdale [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 11:32 AM

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