By John Ashcroft, the United States attorney general from 2001 to 2005. He now heads a consulting firm that has telecommunications companies as clients (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 05/11/07):
For almost two years, the country has debated whether the Bush administration acted properly and lawfully in undertaking emergency surveillance operations of suspected foreign terrorists on presidential authorization in the wake of 9/11. For several months, we have been debating bills that seek to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court statute.
There are many complex and difficult issues associated with these debates, but whether to terminate the huge lawsuits that have been filed against the nation’s major telecommunications carriers accused of cooperating with classified counterterrorism programs is not one of them.… Seguir leyendo »