NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The recent series of events in which from President Bush addressed Iraq, his domestic spying program and the Patriot Act noted.
(White House: Kelly O’Donnell) Bush’s defense of his wartime powers, including his authorization of domestic surveillance without court orders, featured. [In press conference, BUSH – says it’s a necessary part of his job; criticizes senators for not renewing the Patriot Act.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Bush’s claim that his spying program is legal examined; statistics on surveillance requests to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly cited. [BUSH – says he absolutely has the legal authority.] [Attorney General Alberto GONZALES- defends Bush’s use of electronic surveillance.] [Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE – says the program is carefully controlled.] [National security expert Steven AFTERFOOD, former CIA general counsel Jeffrey SMITH- comment on Bush’s bypassing of normal court procedure.] Senator Jay Rockefeller’s letter of concern to Vice President Dick Cheney noted.
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