Justice Department objected to secret spying program.

Posted on

"Justice Department objected to secret spying program."

James B. Comey, former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s top deputy, “objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight.” Comey’s reluctance prompted then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andrew Card to visit Ashcroft, who was recovering from surgery, in the hospital to try to get sign-off on the program from him. It doesn’t appear as if they were successful.

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.