Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The NYT reports today that the Obama administration will face an early test of its positions on executive authority and civil liberties as it sorts out its reponses to motions in the cases challenging the NSA wiretapping program. From the article:
When he takes office, Mr. Obama will inherit greater power in domestic spying than any other new president in more than 30 years, but he may find himself in an awkward position as he weighs how to wield it. As a presidential candidate, he condemned the N.S.A. operation as illegal, and threatened to fillibuster a bill that would grant the government expanded surveillance powers and provide immunity to phone companies that helped in the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants. But Mr. Obama switched positions and ultimately supported the measure in the Senate, angering liberal supporters who accused him of bowing to pressure from the right.