Poor Alberto

DiFi vs Gonzo

A rough translation…



Difi: "About FISA, you say that the President has the authority to wiretap Americans without warrants due to his war powers under Article 2, correct?"

Gonzo: "Yes."

Difi: "And I got a letter from your associate saying that the President could act because Congress had not set up a statute. Well, that’s not true. The FISA law clearly says that the President can eavesdrop without warrants for 15 days after a declaration of war."

Gonzo: "Yes, but we didn’t have a declaration of war, only an authorization to use military force, so we couldn’t work with that provision."

Difi: "So you’re saying that the AUMF does not amount to a declaration of war?"

Gonzo: "Obviously they are different."

Difi: "So if the AUMF is not a declaration of war, the president shouldn’t have WAR powers!"

Gonzo: “…”



You left out the part where she confused herself and almost said that Congress did declare war.

AG: "We can’t take advantage of that provision under FISA because there’s been no declaration of war. Maybe I misunderstood your question. I’m sorry senator."

Difi: "I think that Congress did … uh, uh … prepare for that eventuality."

C’mon Di, just say it. Congress declared war so the President must have war powers right??