Senator Kyl: Keeping The Secrets Alive

Perhaps next time Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl is up for reelection, his campaign slogan will read something like this. “Senator Kyl, protecting you from learning about the government’s intrusion into your privacy.”

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

It’s pretty common practice for politicians to dump unflattering news stories on Fridays in order to minimize column space and hopefully avoid detection from a public that is more worried about what it’s going to do for the weekend than they are about what’s going on in DC. To this degree, I think maybe this quick story in the New York Times might qualify:

A Republican senator blocked a vote in the Judiciary Committee on whether to authorize subpoenas to the Justice Department to obtain secret legal opinions and other documents related to the National Security Agency’s program of domestic eavesdropping. The action by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona will block the vote for a week. After the vote next Thursday, Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the committee, can decide whether to issue the subpoenas or use them as leverage in negotiations with the Bush administration over access to the documents.

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