Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Vilsack on NSA wiretaps

From WorldWide Standard and the Des Moines Register. They're really not wiretaps. The technology is all different and far different then when the FISA law written; but that's another post. At least Vilsack understands the principle and the politics.

Vilsack: Opposing wiretapping dangerous for Democrats

Gov. Tom Vilsack said Monday that Democrats risk political backlash if they object to the Bush administration's wiretapping but cannot show that Americans' civil liberties are at risk.

The Democratic governor, who is weighing a 2008 presidential bid, said the party will suffer if it continues to be perceived as weaker than Republicans on national security....

"If the president broke the law, that's unacceptable. But I think it's debatable whether he did," Vilsack told Des Moines Register editors and reporters.

"And I think Democrats are falling into a very, very large political trap," he said. "Democrats are not going to win elections until they can reassure people they are going to keep them safe."

Bush has said the practice is limited to people suspected of terrorist ties and is necessary to conduct the war on terrorism.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has compared the practice to President Nixon's practice of monitoring his political adversaries' communications.

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