The Spector of Specter

"Magic Bullet" Specter Wants Domestic Spying Hearings Next Month

"WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The two met for an hour Sunday to discuss the rationale for the warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency that President Bush approved without obtaining any court orders.

"I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his legal conclusion," Specter, R-Pa., said of a meeting with Gonzales, who was confirmed before Specter's committee early this year. "I'm skeptical, but I'm prepared to listen."

Specter said he expects Gonzales to be the leadoff witness at a hearing on the surveillance, which he said he would like to start next month after confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

There likely will be a national debate about whether the president really has the kind of power he's been using, said Specter, a five-term senator and former prosecutor.

"There may be legislation which will come out of it to restrict the president's power," Specter said."

Over our dead bodies dirt bag.....

I'm not alone I know of being a skeptic of Senator Specter or his putzy behavior, acting like he is "shocked" or "appalled" by Presidential Power. Hello Clinton?

Give me a freaking break!

Why in the heck Bush saved Spector's worthless hide in 2004 from Toomey I'll never know. Good thing that this is all so much gum flapping as you can bet that Spector will be reeled in before long.

Although I'd love to see him cross examining Jamie Gorelick and her wall as he was He was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1995.....

Hmmmmmm, could he be?

There is this other interesting tidbit from the News story:

"Specter said he would seek a copy of the resignation letter of U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who stepped down from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance. The Washington Post reported that the resignation stemmed from Robertson's concerns over whether the surveillance was legal. Specter said he wants to meet with Robertson, and may ask him to appear before the committee."

This would be intreging, although I doubt the letter says anything substantive. Although it may answer AJ's question.