Department, Oversee Thyself

From Holden:

As the Republicans in Congress seem disinclined to review any actions of the Executive Branch the Department of Justice is left to police itself.

The ethics office of the Justice Department has begun a review of the department’s role in the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program, a move that could shed light on internal dissension over the legal status of the secret program.

The review, being conducted by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, is the first formal government inquiry into the surveillance program since its existence was reported by The New York Times in December.


The Justice Department review was begun despite public assurances by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and President Bush that the program is legal and closely monitored by government lawyers.