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A historical solution to the Bush spying issue
[Chicagoland Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Electronic eavesdropping; Surveillance of citizens
Author: John R Schmidt, a Chicago attorney
Date: Feb 12, 2006
Start Page: 9
Section: Commentary
Abstract (Document Summary)

Although [Edward Levi] supported legislation in the foreign intelligence area, he rejected the position of Bush critics that the president's authority to order warrantless foreign intelligence surveillance can be limited by Congress to a statutory procedure. Levi told the Church Committee that the president has inherent constitutional authority to conduct such surveillance. Asked by Sen. Frank Church "if the constitutional powers in the area of foreign intelligence are exclusive to the executive or whether they are concurrent with the legislative branch," Levi replied:

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