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Hume Lies: ‘No Politician Briefed’ On Warrantless Wiretapping ‘Claims The Briefings Were Insufficient’

By Judd Legum on March 19, 2006 at 10:24 am

"Hume Lies: ‘No Politician Briefed’ On Warrantless Wiretapping ‘Claims The Briefings Were Insufficient’"

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Today on Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume angrily asserted that no one briefed on the President’s warrantless domestic wiretapping program has said the briefings were inadequate. Watch it:

Transcript:

That is absurd. No politician among those who have been thoroughly briefed on this claims the briefings were insufficient and vague. Rockefeller does not claim that. Rockefeller has said many things about this program, but he’s — but he has never said that he wasn’t fully briefed that I know of.

That’s false. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, did complain the briefings were inadequate. From Rockefeller’s letter to Dick Cheney after the briefing:

Clearly, the activities we discussed raised profound oversight issues.I feel unable to evaluate, much less endorse, these activities- without more information. I simply cannot satisfy lingering concerns raised by the briefing.

Also, Sen. Bob Graham the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said his briefing was inadequate. From the Miami Herald:

“¦Graham recalled being summoned to a classified briefing by Vice President Dick Cheney in late 2001 or early 2002. He was informed about a presidential directive that let the National Security Agency eavesdrop on overseas calls that moved through U.S. communications lines — not people speaking on the phone inside the United States.

“¦ [D]uring his chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee in 2001 and 2002, [Graham] said, “I was not notified that they were going to abandon the FISA process and utilize warrantless intercepts of conversations.”

We’ll be waiting patiently for Hume’s correction.

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