Chertoff: ‘Lieberman Is Dead Right' In Calling For Increased Wiretapping
Think Progress | July 3, 2007
Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) used the foiled terror attempts in London to call for greater domestic spying in the United States. “I hope these terrorist attacks in London wake us up here in America to stop the petty partisan fighting going on about…electronic surveillance,” Lieberman said, referencing the Senate Judiciary Committee's recent subpoenas of documents related to Bush's wiretapping program that the White House has refused to release.
Today, on Fox and Friends, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoed Lieberman's call, arguing that Lieberman was “dead right” in calling for increased domestic surveillance:
CHERTOFF: I'm concerned about losing the tools that I can tell you we use every single day to catch the kind of plotting which we've just seen, obviously, give rise to the attempted bombings in London. I think Joe Lieberman is dead right.
Watch it here
British surveillance did not prevent the London attacks. In fact, “[t]here had been no prior intelligence of planned attacks from the terror organization.” Instead, vigilant citizens helped prevent the bombings:
The events unfolded when police were called to Haymarket, south of Piccadilly Circus, after a man fell at the nightclub Tiger Tiger, injuring his head, prompting a call for an ambulance around 1:30 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived, they noticed smoke coming from a green Mercedes parked in front of a club. […]
The announcement of the second bomb came about 20 hours later … [a car] had been towed across town to an impound lot; the attendants there, on the alert after news of the first foiled car bombing, smelled gasoline and alerted authorities.
Currently, the White House is refusing to cooperate with Congress by not explaining why current surveillance methods are insufficient and why it feels it needs even more intrusive spying on American citizens.
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