ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

SR Edit: Bush Overstepped Secrecy Bounds

For reasons Bush hasn’t adequately explained, the White House refused to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Congress passed after the abuses of the Nixon administration. FISA established secret courts as a check against executive power. Some check. Those courts have approved 99 percent of search requests. Still, the White House has brazenly bypassed the process that already affords more secrecy than dedicated civil libertarians think comfortable. President Bush says the government needs to move fast, but the courts take only a few hours, and warrants can even be obtained after the fact. It’s a flexible law.

For the rest of Associate Editor Gary Crooks’s edit on domestic spying, click here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Gary’s premise that Bush went too far?


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Huckleberries Online

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here