As we noted earlier today, Paul is in Washington with filmmaker Andrew Marcus covering the Senate Judiciary Committee’s NSA hearings. The Senators periodically give interviews outside of the hearing room, and this morning Paul asked a question of Senator Dick Durbin. Paul’s question was a good one: FISA contains an exception for surveillance that is authorized by another statute, and the administration says that the Authorization for Use of Military Force is such a statute. It that’s true, the NSA’s international surveillance program is consistent with FISA. So, Paul asked, why don’t you introduce a resolution to the effect that the AUMF was not intended to authorize the surveillance in question?
Andrew has now posted video footage of the encounter on the Pajamas site. It’s entertaining, even though Durbin never answers either Paul’s question or the administration’s argument. I understand that Durbin took over the podium in relief of Ted Kennedy, who was having a tough time. It’s scary to consider that Durbin could have been an improvement.
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