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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): I Dont Know Of Any Legal Basis For Bushs Secret Spying Program

By Judd Legum  

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): I Dont Know Of Any Legal Basis For Bushs Secret Spying Program"

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It’s not just liberals who are suggesting that Bush’s secret domestic spying program was illegal. Here is conservative Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this morning on Face the Nation:

SCHIEFFER: The Secretary of State said this morning that the president has statutory and constitutional authorization to do what he did. So I’ll start with Senator Graham. Does he have that authority, Senator?

LINDSEY GRAHAM: If he has the authority to go around the FISA court, which is a court to accommodate the law of the war of terror, the FISA Act was–created a court set up by the chief justice of the United States to allow a rapid response to requests for surveillance activity in the war on terror. I don’t know of any legal basis to go around that. There may be some, but I’m not aware of it. And here’s the concern I have. We can’t become an outcome-based democracy. Even in a time of war, you have to follow the process, because that’s what a democracy is all about: a process.

Graham isn’t the only conservative Senator concerned. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the chairman of the judiciary committee, said “there is no doubt that this is inappropriate” and promised to hold hearings next year.

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