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The MSM and The Authority of the President to Conduct Surveillance on Foreign Powers Communicating With Their American Agents.

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In from the Cold enjoyed my interview with Jonathan Alter, and is shocked by Alter’s lack of basic knoweldge on the subject of the NSA program.

The kicker is that Alter is one of the better informed of the MSM journalists reporting and commenting on the NSA controversy.

The crucial case law and statutes aren’t difficult stuff, though it takes time to assemble the materials and go through them. Powerline’s John Hinderaker has done just that and posted it all here for the benefit of old media’s lazy and blinkered reporters and commentators. Not that they will read it, of course, but it does mae it pretty hard for any reporter to claim ignorance of the basic case law connected to the controversy.

UPDATE: The Department of Justice has also laid out the relevant authorities. (HT: The Corner and Instapundit.)

Note that bloggers on the right are in a hurry to bring relevant authority to the attention of the audience. Why can’t the MSM –who are paid to do this– at least pretend to do its job.

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