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.