Domestic Spying Lawsuits Face Uphill Battle

On Monday former Vice President Al Gore added to the chorus of critics who claim President Bush violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act because he allowed eavesdropping without court warrants.  Gore said the administration "has been caught eavesdropping on huge numbers of American citizens and has brazenly declared that it has the unilateral right to continue without regard to the established law enacted by Congress to prevent such abuses."    

White House spokesman McClellan retorted: "I reject that wholeheartedly. In terms of Al Gore's comments, I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds." 

McClellan said Clinton's deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, told Congress the president has the inherent authority to approve warrantless physical searches.  However, Gorelick has recently stated the Clinton Administration supported a 1995 law requiring warrants, and said the Clinton administration never violated that law.

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