Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Colin Powell and the NSA Intercepts

Colin Powell has come out in support of President Bush on the NSA's intercepts of terrorist communications.
Also yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell gave full backing to President Bush's recently disclosed policy of having the National Security Agency, without a court order, intercept communications between terror suspects overseas and persons living in America.

Saying he was not personally aware of the warrantless eavesdropping while secretary of state, Mr. Powell told ABC's "This Week" that "in the aftermath of 9/11, the American people had one concern and that was to protect us. And so I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions."

He said his "own judgment" is that it would not have been difficult to obtain emergency warrants from a special court under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

But Mr. Powell added: "I don't think anybody objects to the president doing this. He was trying to protect the nation. And we have done things like this in the past."