May 11, 2006

OPR Drops NSA Probe That Wasn't

I'm sure this will inflame a lot of people who won't bother to read it closely, but it was a rather stupid idea to begin with:

The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers security clearance.

The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, or OPR, sent a fax Wednesday to Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York saying it was closing its inquiry because without clearance it could not examine department lawyers' role in the program.

What you might miss in a quick read (and perhaps what CNN is hoping you will do) is that this story has nothing to do with the legality of the NSA program itself.

No, OPR has a different charter entirely:

[Justice Department spokesman Brian] Roehrkasse noted the OPR's mission is not to investigate possible wrongdoing in other agencies, but to determine if Justice Department lawyers violated any ethical rules.

In short, this was a political jab, and the fact that my opportunistic former congressman Maurice Hinchey was right there with another clich├ęd soundbite simply confirms it.

"This administration thinks they can just violate any law they want, and they've created a culture of fear to try to get away with that. It's up to us to stand up to them," Hinchey said.

How annoying DoJ lawyers is an example of "standing up" against the evil forces of BushCo, Hinchey doesn't quite explain.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 11, 2006 01:11 AM | TrackBack

Has anyone figured out how many of the other side (lefties) are really on the other side. How much is the terrorists paying or contributing to the left wing politicians. Surely they aren't stupid enough to turn traitor for free. Then again, they are anti-american lefties so they may be traitors for free.

Posted by: Scrapiron at May 11, 2006 10:27 PM