Former Sen. Tom Daschle wrote an interesting commentary for The Washington Post challenging the White House’s assertion that Congress granted it power to wiretap U.S. citizens without warrants when it passed legislation in 2001 authorizing force against al-Qaida.
Daschle points out that the president asked for a last-minute change in the wording of the legislation that would have granted him the right to use the expansive powers in the United States as well as overseas. The change was denied.
Daschle wrote, “The Bush administration now argues those powers were inherently contained in the resolution adopted by Congress — but at the time, the administration clearly felt they weren’t or it wouldn’t have tried to insert the additional language.”
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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