The congressional attention to privacy invasive Bush administration activities comes as Bush nomination for CIA head, General Michael Hayden is facing a confirmation vote, but the story makes clear that Bush will face increasing scrutiny on nominations to important and sensitive positions related to protecting privacy:
"I don't know enough about the details except that I am willing to find out because I'm not sure why it would be necessary to keep and have that kind of information," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told Fox News Channel: "The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?"
Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said he would call the phone companies to appear before the panel "to find out exactly what is going on."
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said bringing the telephone companies before the Judiciary Committee is an important step.
"We need more. We need to take this seriously, more seriously than some other matters that might come before the committee because our privacy as American citizens is at stake," Durbin said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who has spoken favorably of the nomination, said the latest revelation "is also going to present a growing impediment to the confirmation of Gen. Hayden."Even though the NSA is likely killing the EFF vs ATT lawsuit, we can very likely expect to see congressional discussion pressed by democrats seeking election issues for 2006.
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