Hillary: 'Deeply Disturbed'

Hillary says she is "deeply disturbed" by the news that the Bush administration was going through phone records to track down terrorists.

She complained that the data mining "further demonstrate what happens to our Constitution, laws, and privacy when there is no meaningful congressional oversight of the president’s actions," and promised that Congress would "get to the bottom of this." But as the New York Sun conveniently notes, it was a Democrat Congress that passed and Hillary’s husband who signed into law the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, or CALEA, which required that "A telecommunications carrier shall ensure that any interception of communications or access to call-identifying information effected within its switching premises can be activated only in accordance with a court order or other lawful authorization."

This Clinton-era law not only required phone companies like BellSouth and Verizon to cooperate (and gave them half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds to obtain the proper technology to access the call-identifying information), but it specifically allows for other lawful authorization besides a court order to get these phone records.