Via Laura Rozen--there are several interesting things in this article. First, Bush has given over the family jewels--the legal opinions justifying their illegal domestic wiretapping program. He has given them to SJC, but not to HJC.
Across the Capitol, Senate Intelligence Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV, D W.Va., said his staff Tuesday reviewed legal opinions and other documents the panel had sought related to the NSA program. He said his staff was allowed to take notes, but he hadn’t been briefed on their contents yet and intended to view them for himself.
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., in a letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding, complained that the documents were being provided to Senate Intelligence, but not to his panel or the House Intellligence Committee.
I'm betting that in approximately 4 days, the Republicans will accuse Democrats of leaking materials that were actually leaked by Richard Shelby.
Second, it appears that Republican posturing about a bill is now considered news.
The Democratic bill "ties the hands of our intelligence officials," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.
John Ensign of Nevada, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, said FISA was a politically popular issue for his party.
"This is an issue where certainly they are not with the American people, and we are with the American people," Ensign said.
John Boehner is not quoted describing how this bill "ties the hands of our intelligence officials," in spite of the fact that it gives the Administration everything that it will--publicly--ask for. And John Ensign's exclusive that this is a politically popular issue for his party is news sui generis, apparently without any proof.
Of course, "news" might demand that John Boehner explain, in coherent terms, precisely how this ties the hands of intelligence officials contrary to all the demands of Mike McConnell (aside from his barely-stated desire to have no oversight over the minimization requirements of this bill). And "news" might ask Ensign for proof that the Republican shredding of the Constitution is popular with the American people.
Never mind. This article shows that we can force the Administration to 'fess up to their crimes ... if they want something badly enough.