Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director:
Since 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the administration respectfully and repeatedly for documents explaining the legal justification behind the National Security Agency’s program to spy on Americans. They’ve asked nine times. And they’ve been rebuffed nine times.Thank Orrin Hatch for his vote.
Now they’re bravely demanding the truth with the force of law. Senator Hatch voted to issue subpoenas compelling President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the Justice Department to turn over documents that explain their flawed legal justification for spying on Americans without warrants. The deadline for the White House to comply is 2 p.m. next Wednesday, July 18.