NSA Surveillance Leak Case,  Politics

NSA Surveillance Leak Case Watch: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Testify

U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, speaks with reporters at the Department of Justice, Friday Jan. 13, 2006, in Washington. General Gonzales agreed to testify at a Senate hearing on the NSA domestic spying program.

ASSociated Press: Gonzales to Testify on Domestic Spying

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday he will testify publicly at a Senate hearing on the Bush administration’s domestic spying program, in the face of questions from lawmakers and legal analysts about whether it is lawful.

Gonzales said he reached an agreement with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to answer questions about the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping on telephone conversations between suspected terrorists and people in the United States.

“We believe the legal authorities are there,” Gonzales said at a news conference at the Justice Department. “The president acted consistent with his legal authority in a manner that he thought was necessary and appropriate to protect the country against this new kind of threat.”

The attorney general said he will not discuss operational aspects of the program at the hearing, which is expected to occur next month. Specter said Sunday that he had asked Gonzales to testify publicly.

A meaningless hearing for show purposes…….


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