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Chertoff Failed To Tell Congress About Domestic Spy Satellites
 


5 September 2007 at 10:08:14 AM
salon

You know, spying on Americans. And this is a person the Bush administration is considering replaceing Alberto (I'm Incompetent and I Heart Torture) Gonzales?

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee scolded Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last week for failing to notify him of plans to expand the use of intelligence satellites for homeland security applications.

"Unfortunately, I have had to rely on media reports to gain information about this endeavor because neither I nor my staff was briefed on the decision to create this new office prior to the public disclosure of this effort," wrote Rep. Bennie Thompson in an August 22 letter (pdf) to Secretary Chertoff (who has been mentioned as a possible nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General).

"I need you to provide me with an immediate assurance that upon its October 1st roll out, this program will be operating within the confines of the Constitution and all applicable laws and regulations," Chairman Thompson wrote.

"Additionally, because I have not been informed of the existence of this program for over a two year period, I am requesting that for the next six weeks, you provide me with bi-weekly briefings on the progress of the [National Applications Office] working groups."

May I suggest that perhaps the program STOPS until Congress can pass a law OKAYING it. What, is Homeland Security some kind of ROGUE agency that does things outside of a LAW??????


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