The White House is claiming that Democrats are the only ones objecting to the spying program, but there is strong bipartisan concern. Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Sam Brownback, John McCain and Arlen Specter have offered some of the harshest criticism of the program.
Congress did not give the president authority to conduct the secret program. The White House has claimed the authority to conduct secret wiretaps because of a Congressional resolution passed after 9/11.
The non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that the resolution didn’t authorize the program, and found it unlikely that any court would agree with the White House’s justifications.
This is not about tracking terrorists, it’s about a potential breach of the Constitution. The administration says the spying program is narrow, and even said it’s limited to people with ties to Al Qaeda. But the president already has the authority to track terrorists. Further, the New York Times reports the facts differently, saying the data was overwhelming and often led to innocent Americans.
Wiretapping Americans without a warrant appears to violate the Constitution and the president has admitted to doing just that We the People should object to this in a non-partisan maner.
When all is said and done it will effect each and everyone of us.
Clint A. Deal Jr.