Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act | Common Dreams
As the wheels of justice moved in reverse, a little known Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department came to Rumsfeld and Cheney’s attention for his confrontational style as he prepared incisive legal arguments in favor of continued warrantless surveillance and granting unrestricted rights to the Executive Branch. By 1986, Antonin “Nino” Scalia would be appointed to the Supreme Court on a 98-0 vote. Never a shrinking violet or intimidated by authority, Abzug, a graduate of Columbia University Law School who represented victims of the McCarthy era in the 1950’s, was fully aware of the Constitutional precedents at risk. Knowing that Ford Administration appointees would hide behind official ‘classified’ lingo promising to reveal all in a closed door session, Abzug understood the necessity of pushing back in the interests of public disclosure.
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