Thursday, January 19, 2006

"Inconsistent with the law"

The aggressively non-partisan Congressional Research Service was asked about the legality of the Congressional notification of the illegal wiretapping. The law says the President must notify the intelligence committees about "intelligence activities" except for covert actions, defined as "an activity or activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly."

After reviewing the law and the circumstances known, the CRS concludes:

If the NSA surveillance program were to considered an intelligence collection program, limiting congressional notification of the NSA program to the Gang of Eight, which some Members who were briefed about the program contend, would appear to be inconsistent with the law, which requires that the “congressional intelligence committees be kept fully and currently informed of all intelligence activities,” other than those involving covert actions.
Oh what a tangled web we weave…

Update: Michelle Malkin has yet to apologize to Rep. Harman. This report vindicates Rep. Harman's statements and debunks Malkin's attempt at reading law.

If the blogs are supposed to be so much better than the <lecter voice>em ess em</lecter voice>, shouldn't she have corrected this error by now? Or avoided it in the first place? I guess I'll take the MSM over the PJM.