December 26, 2005


Powell Speaks Out on Domestic Spy Program (STEVEN R. WEISMAN, 12/26/05, NY Times)

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said on Sunday that it would not have been "that hard" for President Bush to obtain warrants for eavesdropping on domestic telephone and Internet activity, but that he saw "nothing wrong" with the decision not to do so.

"My own judgment is that it didn't seem to me, anyway, that it would have been that hard to go get the warrants," Mr. Powell said. "And even in the case of an emergency, you go and do it. The law provides for that."

But Mr. Powell added that "for reasons that the president has discussed and the attorney general has spoken to, they chose not to do it that way."

"I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions," he said.

Asked if such eavesdropping should continue, Mr. Powell said, "Yes, of course it should continue."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2005 9:54 AM

Boy, unless Powell and McCain stop this agreeing with Bush crap on foreign policy and start playing the roles they were intended to play, the liberals in the media and the Dewmocratic Party are never going to suck up to any high-profile Republicans again. Then they'll be sorry.

Posted by: John at December 26, 2005 10:51 AM

Where is HRC on this?

Posted by: RC at December 26, 2005 12:35 PM

HRC is cowering in terror in fear of being asked about this. She knows she can't reconcile Bill's record on this with her base of support and the beliefs of the average American voter.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 26, 2005 2:55 PM

Really? She seems more than willing to take a stance on things that will upset her base. Frankly, I like it. If I knew she'd govern as president, as she's been as a Sen., I wouldn't mind it that much.

Posted by: RC at December 26, 2005 3:49 PM

So does Powell get to be shoo-in VEEP or does he throw his support behind She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed (Condi)?

Posted by: ghostcat at December 26, 2005 7:12 PM