Senator Hatch lashes out at critics of domestic surveillance program
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Speaking to a few dozen political and business leaders, Hatch defended the President's surveillance actions: "I have to tell you, this president has guts and he deserves your support." He reserved specific criticism for his fellow Congress leaders, saying that while they are "moaning and groaning in Congress because [the President] didn't abide by what's called the FISA Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," the act was no longer applicable to current conflicts.
On the war in Iraq, Hatch was even more disdainful of the critics. He said that the United States stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein and that nobody denies that Saddam Hussein was supporting al-Qaeda, adding "Well, I shouldn't say nobody. Nobody with brains."
Notably, the bi-partisan 9/11 Commision charged with investigating issues related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks did not find an operational link between al-Qaeda's 9-11 attack and ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
- "American Bar Association denounced President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program" — Wikinews, February 19, 2006
- "President Bush defends NSA domestic intercepts" — Wikinews, December 19, 2005
- "President Bush of the United States authorized NSA surveillance of citizens, bypassing court warrants" — Wikinews, December 16, 2005
- "Orrin Hatch accidentally compares Iraq to Vietnam" — Wikinews, December 1, 2005
- Steve Kiggins. "Hatch defends Bush's domestic surveillance" — , February 19, 2006
- "9/11 report: Key findings" — , July 23, 2004
- Walter Pincus and Dana Milban. "Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed" — , June 17, 2004