Domestic Surveillance and Executive Powers

Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about domestic surveillance and other policies of the Bush administration, saying that the president… read more

Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about domestic surveillance and other policies of the Bush administration, saying that the president had been “breaking the law repeatedly and insistently” in a “shameful exercise of power” that threatened the structure of checks and balances. He also called on Congress to exercise its oversight powers and for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the abuse of executive power.

Vice President Gore also drew parallels between the illegal wire-tapping of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the National Security Agency surveillance program. The event held in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall on the holiday marking civil rights leader’s birthday. 

Representative Barr was scheduled to participate by remote link, but technical difficulties interrupted the connection. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Lisa Brown Executive Director American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Albert "Al" Gore Jr. Founder and Chairman Alliance for Climate Protection

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Domestic Surveillance and Executive Powers

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Program ID:
190733-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
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Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 16, 2006
Last Aired:
Jan 21, 2006

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  • Jan 16, 2006 | 12:04pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 16, 2006 | 8:02pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 17, 2006 | 12:56am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 17, 2006 | 5:52am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 17, 2006 | 4:37pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 21, 2006 | 10:02am EST | C-SPAN 1
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