Senate Panel Blocks Spy Probe
Posted on Mar 8, 2006
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted along party lines yesterday to reject a Democratic proposal to investigate the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program and instead approved establishing, with White House approval, a seven-member panel to oversee the effort.
Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) told reporters after the closed session that he had asked the committee “to reject confrontation in favor of accommodation” and that the new subcommittee, which he described as “an accommodation with the White House,” would “conduct oversight of the terrorist surveillance program.” The program, which became public in December, has allowed the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between U.S. residents and suspected terrorists abroad without first obtaining warrants from a secret court that handles such matters.
White House-approved? You gotta be kidding.