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Friday, December 23, 2005

Aldrich Ames + Bill Clinton = Warrantless Searches (And No Left Wing Outrage)

Remember Aldrich Ames, the CIA operative who was spying for the Soviet Union? Well, there were two searches made of his home, both warrantless and both authorized by the Clinton Administration. Explaining the rationale for doing so, someone said: "...the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes...[and] if the Justice Department tried to meet all the strict rules imposed on police in criminal matters, it would unduly frustrate America's counter-intelligence efforts." "Physical searches to gather foreign intelligence depend on secrecy. If the existence of these searches were known to the foreign power targets, they would alter their activities to render the information useless." Who was that "someone"? Jamie Gorelick, Clinton's deputy attorney general.

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