Friday, January 06, 2006
Jane Harman pulls a "Kerry"
The generally "hawkish" Jane Harman (U.S. Rep. (D-Venice), Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) has done an "about face" in support for the war on terror, and has (appearently) decided politics are more important than the security of this nation. Or some one made the decision for her?
Via Junkyard Blog:
Well, supporting vital national security programs in the middle of a war was sooo 2005. Rep. Harman, in 2006, thinks the adminstration’s handling of the program was illegal:
In a letter to Bush, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said the National Security Act requires the heads of the various intelligence agencies to keep the entire House and Senate intelligence committees “fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States.”
Only in the case of a highly classified covert action can the president choose to inform a narrower group of Congress members about his decision, Harman said. That action is defined in the law as an operation to influence political, economic or military conditions of another country.“The NSA program does not qualify as a ‘covert action,’” Harman wrote.
KERRY KICKER: If you’re looking for a quotable line about Harman’s Heartburn: She was for the NSA program—to the point of advocating that the NSA create it and then sitting in on several years’ worth of briefings on it—before suddenly and mysteriously turning against it.
This is going to get "interesting", but please read the whole JunkyardBlog story first, and the comments.
One has to wonder where "Lady Jane" will be standing on the Patriot Act anytime soon?
She was for it today according to this statement on her website. It's not too late to get your spine back Jane and stand on your own convictions.