Thursday, March 30, 2006

Here's one you won't hear in the MSM:

Judge Allan Kornblum, who in 1978 co-authored the Foreign intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) said Tuesday that the President was duly authorized under the Constitution to order the wiretapping of suspected terrorists without first getting a warrant from a FISA court.

In this testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kornblum said the president's Constitutional Powers supersede FISA law, and therefore no violation was committed.

"If a court refuses a FISA application and there is not sufficient time for the president to go to the court of review, the president can under executive order act unilaterally, which he is doing now," said Kornblum, in quotes picked up by the Washington Times.

In fact, Kornblum took it a step further, suggesting that deferring to a FISA court would have been irresponsible.

"I think that the president would be remiss exercising his constitutional authority by giving all of that power over to a statute," he said.

Not surprisingly, you won't find this story or quote in any AP outlets. I know, I looked.

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