What does it take to turn ASHCROFT into a staunch defender of Civil Liberties?

Court Ruling that NSA Wiretapping is Illegal Drives Emergency Push for New Spy Powers

[...] Years later, a part of this secret surveillance is revealed by the New York Times. After a year of criticism and revelations, the Administration agrees to let a super-secret and very compliant court oversee the program using some very super secret, and legally dubious program warrants. A few months later, a judge from this court finds portions of the program illegal. The administration refuses to make this decision public. Instead, it goes on offense and says it needs the power to wiretap anyone overseas including Americans.

[...] Once again: a secret court judge found that the Bush Administration's formerly warrantless wiretapping program was illegal.

And that was the program AFTER it was scaled down in March 2004 after Justice Department officials revolted. I wonder what judges would have made of the earlier program -- the one so bad that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft was ready to resign.

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One Response:

  1. dojothemouse says:

    The story Comey tells of Ashcroft's hospital visit (PDF, skip to page 11) makes him into a hero or something.