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President Wrong on Wiretaps, Says Lee Hamilton '52

President Wrong on Wiretaps, Says Lee Hamilton '52

March 29, 2006

lee hamilton mtp dec 2005.jpgMarch 29, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "Former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton says he believes President Bush erred by ignoring federal law and ordering the secret wiretapping of Americans to combat terrorism," begins a story in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Hamilton, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission and 1952 graduate of DePauw University, is in the Kentucky city today to make two speeches. In an interview with the newspaper, "Hamilton said the president instead should have tried to work with Congress to amend and streamline the law that requires such wiretaps to be approved by a judge," writes Dick Kaukas.

"Hamilton said the present surveillance statute is 'inadequate given the technological developments of the last 15 to 20 years' and needs to be changed," Kaukas reports. "But, he added, he believes Bush should have worked with Congress to amend the law. 'He chose not to do that,' Hamilton said. 'He chose to act by himself.'" 

Hamilton "lives in Alexandria, Va., visits Bloomington and Indianapolis regularly and continues to play a role on the national stage," the newspaperLee Hamilton notes. "Earlier this month, for example, he was appointed with former Secretary of State James Baker, a Republican, to head a bipartisan study group that will 'answer the question, 'What next in Iraq?'' Hamilton said. 'This is obviously a very big mountain to climb, and we don't know if we can make a constructive contribution or not,' he said. 'We're going to try.'"

Read the complete article at the newspaper's Web site.

In a column last week at Newsweek.com, Eleanor Clift called Lee Hamilton "the Democrats' Mr. Integrity."  Learn more by clicking here.