Monday, February 06, 2006

Senator Looney….er… Leahy speaks
Gonzales Defends Legality of Surveillance

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales insisted Monday that
President Bush was "acting with authority" both under the Constitution and federal law in eavesdropping on Americans without warrants as part of the war on terror…

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel's senior Democrat, said that while al-Qaida terrorists should be monitored, Bush chose to illegally wiretap Americans' conversations without safeguards to protect civil liberties.

"My concern is for peaceful Quakers who are being spied upon, and other law-abiding Americans and babies and nuns who are placed on terrorist watch lists," Leahy said.

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