I’m going to count myself as bitter about this new not-really-legal spying initiative as well: “Democrats say Chertoff has not spelled out what federal laws govern the NAO, whose funding and size are classified. Congress barred Homeland Security from funding the office until its investigators could review the office’s operating procedures and safeguards. The department submitted answers on Thursday, but some lawmakers promptly said the response was inadequate.”
At the end of the day, Jane Harman is a pretty hawkish Democrat — usually a bit too hawkish for my taste — but she’s saying once bitter twice shy about what she calls her “firsthand experience with the trust-me theory of law from this administration” and wants a fuller account. Seems like a good idea.