Presidential Statement on Intelligence Authorization Act
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 20, 1998
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today I have signed into law H.R. 3694, the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999." The Act authorizes Fiscal Year 1999 appropriations for U.S. intelligence and intelligence-related activities.
The Act is the product of the dedication and effort of many people in the Congress and my Administration. I believe that the Act will help our Nation maintain a strong intelligence capability and preserve the safety and security of our country. [...]
Finally, I am satisfied that this Act contains an acceptable whistleblower protection provision, free of the constitutional infirmities evident in the Senate-passed version of this legislation. The Act does not constrain my constitutional authority to review and, if appropriate, control disclosure of certain classified information to the Congress. I note that the Act's legislative history makes clear that the Congress, although disagreeing with the executive branch regarding the operative constitutional principles, does not intend to foreclose the exercise of my constitutional authority in this area.
Friday, January 06, 2006
1998: PRESIDENT CLINTON LAUDED THE LAW THE NSA LEAKERS BROKE
AS HE SIGNED IT INTO LAW IN OCTOBER OF 1998, PRESIDENT CLINTON LAUDED HR 3594 - "THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT" - THE VERY LAW THE NSA LEAKERS BROKE IN ORDER TO SMEAR BUSH. CLINTON:
It's obvious that Clinton understood what the whistleblower protection provision (HR3594) meant, AND - INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, that he also thought that it was important to use this moment to reasssert the pre-eminence of the operative constitutional principles of the POTUS in this area.
This presidential statement is a DOUBLE WHAMMY for foes of Bush: it clearly reiterates that the NSA leakers are criminals, and that the constitutional powers Bush is asserting over the NSA and the gathering of intelligence are neither new or peculiar to conservative or GOP presidents. (Proving once again that this whole episode is a drizzle in a teacup.)
Posted by Reliapundit at 8:06 PM