The big picture

All of the arguments, legal and otherwise, about FISA and NSA are missing the point of this little debate. It's not about either. It's about the separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches and whether Congress will be able to take a power from this President that presidents have claimed in the past.

Imagine Congress having the power of political and legislative approval, well beyond advise and consent, over how the country gathers intelligence, wartime or not. What's a more ridiculous fantasy, 535 congressmen keeping a secret or 535 congressmen conducting themselves in a non—partisan manner?

There is a reason why the Constitution gave the President the power to conduct war.

Joe Dantone  1 27 06

All of the arguments, legal and otherwise, about FISA and NSA are missing the point of this little debate. It's not about either. It's about the separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches and whether Congress will be able to take a power from this President that presidents have claimed in the past.

Imagine Congress having the power of political and legislative approval, well beyond advise and consent, over how the country gathers intelligence, wartime or not. What's a more ridiculous fantasy, 535 congressmen keeping a secret or 535 congressmen conducting themselves in a non—partisan manner?

There is a reason why the Constitution gave the President the power to conduct war.

Joe Dantone  1 27 06