Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It's Legal...

says John Hinderaker of Power Line about the NSA's wiretapping program.

He points to the excellent explanation of John Schmidt, associate attorney general of the United States in the Clinton administration, on why the NSA intercept program is legal under all authorities and precedents. He cites both the Keith case and the 2002 decision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, as I noted yesterday.

Mr. Hinderaker also sent an email the the New York Times' writers asking for some some evidence to support their assertion that the NSA's intercepts are illegal, especially in light of the legal precedent set forth by these two court cases.

There is, of course, no such evidence, though I highly doubt that Mr. Hinderaker will get any form of response from the Times. And it is even more doubtful that the paper will offer any sort of correction or retraction.

UPDATE:

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau responded to the email Mr. Hinderaker's sent earlier today. Unfortunately for Lichtblau, he got very defensive, adding insult to the injury of the paper's poorly researched article.