Thursday, February 16, 2006

Senate Will Not Investigate NSA Wire-Taps

Per the NYT, the Senate Intel Committee decided not to go forward with investigations into the wire tapping of calls from al Qaida members coming into people here in the US:

The Senate Intelligence Committee decided today not to investigate President Bush's domestic surveillance program, at least for the time being. "I believe that such an investigation is currently unwarranted and would be detrimental to this highly classified program," Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas and chairman of the panel, said this afternoon following a closed session.

The current odds on source of the leak does not appear to be all that happy:

But the committee's ranking Democrat, John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, was clearly unhappy after the meeting and said it made no sense to pursue legislation when the full details of the surveillance program were not known. Mr. Roberts said Mr. Rockefeller's proposal for an investigation would be reconsidered when the committee reconvenes on March 7.

If Rockefeller IV is in fact the one who leaked the intel, he very well could have his calendar full for a different hearing of sorts - a Grand Jury...........................................

If Rockefeller IV is on the hook here, you bet he is unhappy that the focus is about to turn towards the party who leaked the intel..............