Heather Wilson bucks the White House
A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.You and me both, babe.
The lawmaker, Representative Heather A. Wilson of New Mexico, chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, said in an interview that she had "serious concerns" about the surveillance program. By withholding information about its operations from many lawmakers, she said, the administration has deepened her apprehension about whom the agency is monitoring and why.
Wilson is no prize pig; she's been evasive on many an issue and hostile to good government on plenty of others. But a serious investigation would serve everyone. If the White House has been playing fair, they'll be vindicated, the public will be assured that honest-to-God oversight still exists, and our security will be enhanced by Congressional validation. If the White House has been screwing around and spinning lies, a serious investigation will reveal that, causing reforms, which will in turn restore public confidence, and remind Congress of the importance of oversight.
The fact that the White House might not win is barely relevant. Either way, the people win. And that's what matters.