TalkRadio News Service has their summary of today’s morning gaggle up, and one bit struck me as odd.
Congressional Wiretapping Authorization
Helen Thomas asked Scott McClellan if the President is planning to go to Congress to ask for the authority to legally eavesdrop on telephone calls. McClellan responded, “The President has the authority to act within the Constitution to do this to protect the American people and that is exactly what he intends to do”. McClellan explained the wiretapping program as a terrorist surveillance program aimed at detecting and preventing attacks focused on al-Qaeda communications. He said the President has briefed Congress a number of times and the administration continues to brief Congress about it. According to McClellan, members of Congress agreed to continue the program the way it is instead of moving ahead with legislation that reflects the President’s authority. McClellan also said that “domestic spying” is an inaccurate description of the program since one party has to be outside of the United States. He again characterized the program as a “limited targeted program aimed at al-Qaeda communication to detect and prevent attacks”.
So, according to Little Scottie, “members of Congress agreed to continue the program the way it is instead of moving ahead with legislation that reflects the President’s authority.” Can that be even remotely true? Did members of Congress agree that it wasn’t necessary to change FISA so Chimpy could listen in on your telephone calls without a warrant?
If what Scottie says is true, how come no Republican Congressman has made the same claim in defense of Dear Leader?