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Monday, December 19, 2005

Connecticut Congressmen weigh in on Bush eavesdropping

In today's Hartford Courant, Chris Shays and Rob Simmons add their two cenrts concenring the Bush Administration eavesdropping on American citizens without the approval of the courts (FISA).
Chris Shays comes out in support of the President
Bush said the spying was lawful and an important tool against terrorism - and he had his defenders. "He did not act improperly," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4th District, who noted that he and other members of Congress from both parties had known about the operation for some time.

However, Rob Simmons takes a more careful approach to the subject.
"The question is, was the eavesdropping narrowly designed to go after possible terrorist threats in the United States or was it much, much more?" asked Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, chairman of a House homeland security intelligence subcommittee. "That is the issue that Congress must get to the bottom of."
The eavesdropping situation has become a problem for the Bush administration which wanted to capitalize on the success of the Iraqi elections but were blindsided with this problem (of their own making).