Sen. Rockefeller Promises Scrutiny of NSA Spying Program
Over five years since it first began, the NSA's massive domestic spying program remains shrouded in secrecy. Despite the President's determination to dodge meaningful oversight, key members of the newly elected Congress may soon take steps to rein in this illegal activity.
In an interview with the LA Times, Senator Jay Rockefeller, the new Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, "rejected the Bush administration's claim that it had brought a controversial domestic spying program into compliance with the law, saying he wanted strict new rules requiring the government to obtain a separate warrant every time it places a wiretap on a U.S. resident."
The article also notes that "The committee recently designated eight members of its staff to examine the NSA program and to begin drafting new requests for documents that the Bush administration had refused to turn over to the panel — including the initial presidential order authorizing the domestic surveillance program."