This morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales participated in a debate at Georgetown University’s law school on the NSA’s international surveillance program. Gonzales did an excellent job of spelling out the reasons why the program is not only necessary, but legal. You can read Gonzales’ prepared text here; what follows are some key excerpts:
A word of caution here. This remains a highly classified program. It remains an important tool in protecting America. So my remarks today speak only to those activities confirmed publicly by the President, and not to other purported activities described in press reports. These press accounts are in almost every case, in one way or another, misinformed, confusing, or wrong.
No surprise there.