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Lunetta's case is weak

Posted: April 16, 2008 1:20 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
To The Editor:

It's truly sad that columnists like Mr. Lunetta perpetuate false arguments on subjects as important as national security.

While his history lesson was educational, his statement "the Democrats' cowardly delay of the FISA bill denies our nation vital intelligence to fight terrorists" is patently false.

Congress did pass a FISA update bill. Bush vetoed it. The original law, as well as the update, allows for full surveillance. The government only needs to go to the FISA court and get the "spying" approved. The court has approved nearly all requests for permission.

The law even allows for the government to begin spying immediately and go to the court within 72 hours, so any statement about the need for immediate response to "threats" is not valid.

If the need for cooperation from outside entities needs to be cleared, as in the current "telecom" nonsense, the court can and has approved that cooperation, thereby relieving the outside entity of potential liability.

This whole argument is based on the Bush administration's claim of presidential authority being debased. It is also about the need for administration officials, who have clearly broken the law, to be given a "get out of jail free" card! Mr. Lunetta knows all of this, but prefers to align himself with the forces of American fascism.

The question that needs to be asked and answered is: If the government doesn't need new authorization to spy on our enemies, who are they spying on that they don't want the FISA court to know about:

Their political opponents - or you and me?

Gary Morrison
Valencia

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