Comments on Terrorist Surveillance
WASHINGTON, DC ? U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today sent the following letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean:
?I was recently apprised of your assessment of the President?s terrorist surveillance program ? an ?early warning? capability to intercept the international communications of al Qaeda terrorists to and from persons within the United States. With respect to this important program, you stated, ?President Bush?s secret program to spy on the American people reminds Americans of the abuse of power during the dark days of President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.? As Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, I find your statements to be irrational and irresponsible.
?Any suggestion that a program designed to track the movement, locations, plans, or intentions of our enemy ? particularly those that have infiltrated our borders ? is equivalent to abusive domestic surveillance of the past is ludicrous. When Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson approved the electronic surveillance of Martin Luther King, those Presidents were targeting American citizens based on activities protected by the First Amendment. When President Richard Nixon used warrantless wiretaps, they were not directed at enemies that had attacked the United States and killed thousands of Americans.
Hard to add anything to that as it pretty much cuts to the chase, calls a spade a spade and Dean just what he is.
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