Warrantless wiretapping, tracking the phone calls of millions of Americans, presidential signing statements signaling the president’s willingness to ignore the law, torture, secret prisons, kidnapping, and spying on peaceful political groups like the Thomas Merton Center and PETA weren’t enough to lead the Congress to realize that we are dealing with an executive branch that is abusing its power and that the legislative branch has an obligation to check this overreaching. But a nighttime search of a representative’s office has awakened Congress from it’s slumber/stupor.
Caroline Fredrickson, director of our Washington Legislative Office, had this to say:
As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Sensenbrenner can seek to compel administration officials to testify on these gross violations of privacy and fundamental freedoms. The recent search of one congressional office by federal law enforcement officials has made some members of Congress keenly aware of the White House’s extraordinary claims of executive power. We hope that this outrage and concern, which hits home for lawmakers, extends to the millions of Americans whose call information and conversations have been monitored by the National Security Agency without a court order. Congress must put an end to the administration’s stonewalling and investigate these gross abuses of power.
Andy in the HBG