Monday, February 06, 2006

Gonzales Let's One Slip

Under friendly questioning from Republican Senator Kyl, Alberto Gonzales inadvertently undercut a key GOP talking point on its warrantless spying:

Kyl asked whether this kind of spying is authorized for communications between two al Qaeda suspects who are both within the United States. Gonzales responded NO, and that they would have to look into the legality of that.

How can that be, since, in the faux folksy manner George W. Bush likes to use when discussing this matter, "If al Qaeda calls, we want to know what they are sayin'?" If this is so important for national security, why not monitor conversations within the US? Why monitor only international calls?

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