NY Times: Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry
The lawmaker, Representative Heather A. Wilson of New Mexico, a House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency, broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.
...Ms. Wilson said in the interview Tuesday that she considered the limited Congressional briefings to be "increasingly untenable" because they left most lawmakers knowing little about the program. She said the House Intelligence Committee needed to conduct a "painstaking" review, including not only classified briefings but also access to internal documents and staff interviews with N.S.A. aides and intelligence officials.
Ms. Wilson, a former Air Force officer who is the only female veteran currently in Congress, has butted up against the administration previously over controversial policy issues, including Medicare and troop strength in Iraq. She said she realized that publicizing her concerns over the surveillance program could harm her relations with the administration. "The president has his duty to do, but I have mine too, and I feel strongly about that," she said.
It's great to see that some Republicans have more spine, or, shall I say, pure conscience, than many Democrats. Rove could put her on his 'blacklist', but I have a feeling his 'blacklist' will become known for what it is, just as this administration is finally becoming known for what they are. Thugs.
posted by Cyndy