Frequent commenter Al Maviva has a post up claiming the NY Times domestic spying story is much ado about nothing.
In a rather atypical move for me, I am going to wait until things flesh out (things are happening fast and furious, with accusations flying) on this issue before I come to any conclusions.
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Glenn Greenwald says Al is misquoting FISA.
Ezra Klein has this to say:
Everything Bush is doing is legal, but nothing in the way he’s doing it is. When you need a wiretap, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows you to apply for one. When you need it yesterday, FISA allows you to place the tap immediately and retroactively clear it with a judge 72 hours later. The law strikes a balance between broad executive powers and substantive oversight — the president has full authority to assault the evildoers, but cannot deploy the law on behalf of his own political interests. It’s a check on totalitarianism. What Bush has done is unilaterally decide the oversight unnecessary. Given the shape and safeguards of FISA, there was no operational need to evade it. It was an exclusively ideological decision in service of unlimited executive powers, and it’s chilling.
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Al Maviva responds, and
Mahablog calls me, Dean Esmay, and Instapundit liars for linking to Al and Glenn G. Classy, Barbara. My response here.
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Mahablog updates. Thanks.
You know, this is blogging. I know we all have different political sides, but the back and forth between differing opinions does not mean someone is lying. I don’t think Al was ‘lying,’ nor do I think Glenn is ‘lying.’ It is possible for people to just be, you know, wrong, or, get this, to disagree about what complex statutes mean. I can assure you, despite my bluster, I am wrong about something almost every day.
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Yet another post by Al Maviva.