Intel Gathering or Covert Ops?


Within the legal distinction between those two terms, and the determination of which category covers NSA surveillance on Americans, lies the truth of whether President Bush broke the law with his limited disclosure to Congress about the program. So says a new report [PDF] from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which lays out the various statutes, and concludes, with much qualification, that Bush's actions (and lack thereof) "would appear to be inconsistent with the law."

Link via Secrecy News, which also points to this Senate-disclosure report showing, among other things, that only 38% of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings in 2001 were transcribed and published by the Government Printing Office.