March 21, 2012 - Tim Brown - FrontPorchPolitics.com
It appears the White House is coming under fire by Congressional Democrats, the media and civil libertarians in regards to the Obama administration’s secret interpretations of the Patriot Act.
Last week Senators Ron Wyden (Rep-OR) and Mark Udall (Rep-CO), members of the Senate intelligence committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder saying that their interpretation of the Patriot Act and claiming intelligence operation based on that interpretation is not as critical to national security as the administration says it is.
Both senators are also claiming that Americans would be “stunned” if they knew what the government was really doing based on the legal theory being employed through the Patriot Act.
Senator Richard Durbin (Rep-IL) said that the government’s use of “Section 215 is unfortunately cloaked in secrecy. Some day that cloak will be lifted, and future generations will ask whether our actions today meet the test of a democratic society: transparency, accountability, and fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution.”
The Department of Justice has said that revealing anything about the secret spy program could “cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.”
Now we all know when government claims it won’t reveal how they are using these things and claims national security, that what they are really saying is “we are doing something that we don’t want you to know about because if you knew about it you might come to DC and string us all up.”
By the way, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and The New York Times have lawsuits pending that would seek to force the administration into disclosing how the Patriot Act has been interpreted.
It appears those lawsuits will be dismissed.