Wednesday, January 04, 2006
NSA spied on generals orders
Ms. Pelosi, then the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said, "I am concerned whether, and to what extent, the National Security Agency has received specific presidential authorization for the operations you are conducting."If this is remotely true this general should be court martialed and dishonorably discharged. The notion that the military takes unconstitutional power and they do not even have the figleaf of presidential approval is simply alarming. He "used his authorities"? What authorities? What law? What constitution? Have we the people elected this general to any office that allows him to make extra constitutional determinations? The military is not given the power he took and the response now that this is public should be a swift and unmistakable rebuke to this usurpation of authority.
The answer, General Hayden suggested in his response to Ms. Pelosi a week later, was that it had not. "In my briefing," he wrote, "I was attempting to emphasize that I used my authorities to adjust N.S.A.'s collection and reporting."
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