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Put It To a Vote

Monday, February 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From Reuters:

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday strongly defended the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable “early warning system” against attacks, denying accusations the White House had broken the law.

“The terrorist surveillance program is necessary. It is lawful and it respects the civil liberties we all cherish,” Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee as Republican and Democratic members questioned the legality of the electronic eavesdropping.

“To end the program now would be to afford our enemy dangerous and potentially deadly new room for operation within our own borders,”
said Gonzales, who as White House counsel gave legal backing for the program of surveillance without court warrants.

I hope Majority Leader Frist schedules a vote on a “sense of the Senate” resolution calling for the end of the NSA program.

AG Gonzales makes his case here.

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The NSA Hearings

Monday, February 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I am travelling today, so Jed Babbin will sit in and will no doubt cover the Senate NSA hearings. As prep, you should read John Hinderaker’s background piece from yesterday’s Powerline.

The bad news is that Joe Biden may unwittingly compromise national security. (I know, using the term “unwittingly” is unnecessary in this context.) The good news is that the Biden-addicted get a fresh fix of the Senate’s biggest foghorn.

Geraghty Under Fire

Monday, February 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Seems like National Review’s Jim Geraghty is receiving the same e-mail I am, the stuff about being a dhimmi because we question the wisdom though not the right of newspapers to publish cartoons certain to be of use in the production of jihadist propaganda.

The debate begins with these questions: Are we at war with Islam? Do you want a war with Islam?

My answers and the answers of any sensible person ought to be “no,” and “no.” IU’d like to see blogggers who are opining on the caroons answer these questions up front.

Some great posts on the subject are at Hedgehog, who has also found the David Rennie blog at the Telegraph.

VDH on The War

Monday, February 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

RealClearPolitics carries Victor Davis Hanson’s latest on the awakening of Europe and the West generally to the threat of radical Islam. Key graph summarizing the good news over the past year:

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is out'”and, in humiliating fashion for a supposedly principled socialist, now grubbing for petrodollars for the Russian state-run conglomerate Gazprom. Despite his eleventh hour saber rattling, Jacques Chirac is emasculated. Conservatives are now firmly in power in Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States. Immigration legislation under consideration from Scandinavia to France makes the American Patriot Act seem tame. Italian wiretaps led to arrests of Muslim terrorists who were plotting another 9/11 at the very time Democratic Senators in confirmation hearings tore into Justice Alito for supposedly condoning police-state tactics.

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