Attorney General Alberto Gonzales heads to Capitol Hill on Monday to
defend the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program to
skeptical lawmakers from both parties. It’s a job for which the
low-key, presidential confidant has shown himself well-suited.
The White House was eager to protect its ability to gather foreign
intelligence. Congress was eager to rein in executive power. What
sounds like a new debate over the president’s ability to eavesdrop
without warrants occurred 30 years ago.