Cheney dismisses criticism of US spy program

February 8, 2006 02:01


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US Vice President Dick Cheney shrugged off congressional criticism of the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program Tuesday, suggesting some in the know who previously raised no objections were changing their tune. He also expressed little interest in working with Congress to settle legal disputes. "We believe that we have all the legal authority we need," Cheney said in an interview on PBS' "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer." Asked about calls from the day before from both Democratic and some Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to work with Congress to sort out differences, Cheney said, "Well, I don't think it would necessarily be in the interests of the country especially if we get into a situation where the legislative process leads to the disclosure of sensitive operational matters with respect to this program."

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