Thursday, April 27, 2006

What is Arlen Specter Thinking?

I don't agree with Arlen Specter on a number of issues, but his threat to pull National Security Agency funding to block the domestic wiretapping program leaves me speechless. In order to have his way and obtain more information on the NSA wiretapping, Specter is, to be blunt, engaging in a form of blackmail, with our national security at stake.

As Ed Morrissey notes, Senator Specter needs to study the Constitution: "He correctly states that Congress has the power of the purse, and that they can withdraw funds for government operations. The same document gave the President the power to exercise military force when granted authorization by Congress -- and military force has always included the duty to conduct intelligence and surveillance of the enemy."

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike Post said...

Amen Laura! It's astonishing and maddening that people like Spector, a powerful Republican Senator no less, places personal concerns over "institutional prerogatives"above national security.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Agreed. Very sad --

7:26 PM  

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