WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told
President Bush Wednesday that the White House broke the law by withholding information from the full congressional oversight committees about a new domestic surveillance program.
In a letter to Bush, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said the National Security Act requires the heads of the various intelligence agencies to keep the entire House and Senate intelligence committees “fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States.”
Only in the case of a highly classified covert action can the president choose to inform a narrower group of Congress members about his decision, Harman said. That action is defined in the law as an operation to influence political, economic or military conditions of another country.
“The NSA program does not qualify as a ‘covert action,'” Harman wrote.
Well, that’s certainly a line in the sand.
Now, I doubt it’ll bear any real fruit, but it’s good to hear some Dems come out and say something about it besides, “Impeach him.” I mean, I know they’ve said other things already, and this latest news will probably only bring more calls for the I-word on the left side of the blogosphere, but let’s focus on the law. Because frankly, if a law has been broken, then that should be investigated and prosecuted.
Do you agree?