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    Senator takes on anti-terrorism policies of Bush

    Senator takes on anti-terrorism policies of Bush
    New bill would let detainees challenge 'combatant' status

    Jim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Friday, December 1, 2006

    (12-01) 04:00 PST Washington -- An influential Republican leader vowed Thursday to push efforts to modify the Bush administration's secret wiretapping program of suspected terrorists and also to add a layer of judicial review for those detained for terrorism-related activities.

    Speaking to a gathering of the American Bar Association, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., questioned the legality of the administration's policies of detention and interrogation of accused terrorists. He criticized the administration's penchant for secrecy in its war on terrorism and accused Vice President Dick Cheney of stonewalling his efforts to learn more.

    "We want to do what we have to do to stop al Qaeda," Specter said. "But the president does not have a blank check."

    On another matter, Specter reiterated his support for the adoption of a federal shield law that would protect journalists' use of confidential sources, except in cases where there's a "genuine national security issue."
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    Specter: No new spy law for now
    Little time is left in this Congress to act on a review of the domestic surveillance program.

    By Steve Goldstein
    Inquirer Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) said yesterday that attempts to legislate review of the government's domestic surveillance program were virtually dead for this year and expressed doubts that a solution would soon be found under a Democratic-controlled Congress.

    "We could legislate on the subject next week, but we're not going to for a great many reasons," Specter said, referring to the remaining weeklong session on the congressional calendar. "Why Congress can't come to grips decisively, eludes me.

    "I think it would be ideal to have congressional oversight on the program in detail, and I look forward to what will happen next year," he told an American Bar Association gathering. "I have grave reservations as to how successful we will be, given the administration's unwillingness to share those secrets."
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