Republican: Bush breaking the law

Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra, anything but a maverick, wrote Bush a letter back in May warning him that the failure to disclose some of the administration's most top secret intelligence activities to Congress may be a violation of the law.

Yeah, ye think?


In the letter, Hoekstra said the lack of disclosure possibly constituted a "breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies."
It's great that Hoekstra, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee did so, of course, and it's important that he revealed his feelings on Fox News, but warning the president that he's trying to consolidate too much power in the executive branch is sort of like telling Starbuck's they might think before they open more stores.

What I find particularly alarming about this, assuming this isn't a solely political gesture, is this line: "Hoekstra had been briefed about... the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program..."

He was told about domestic spying -- a clear violation of the law -- and this unnamed, top-secret spying program is what he's steamed about? What must it be?

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