Thursday, January 22, 2009

Intel Director Nominee: No Unlawful Surveillance


Retired US admiral Dennis Blair pledged Thursday that he would not support unlawful surveillance activities if confirmed as President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence.

"I do not and will not support any surveillance activities that circumvent established processes without lawful authorization," Blair said at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Blair was alluding to the previous administration's practice of intercepting certain US telephone communications without warrants from a special court.

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