"""""Justice Department attorneys in the intelligence and public corruption units who read the transcripts decided that Harman had committed a crime, according to the national security and law enforcement sources.
The Justice Department attorneys were prepared to pursue a case against Harman, which would include electronic surveillance approved by the so-called FISA Court, the secret panel established by the 1979 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to hear government wiretap requests. First, however, they needed the certification of top intelligence officials that Harman’s wiretapped conversations justified a national security investigation.
Then-CIA Director Porter J. Goss reviewed the Harman transcript and signed off on the Justice Department’s FISA application, two sources said. He also decided that, under a protocol involving the separation of powers, it was time to notify then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Pelosi of the FBI’s impending national security investigation of a member of Congress — to wit, Harman.
Goss, a former Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, deemed the matter particularly urgent because of the high rank of Harman, a Democrat, on the Intelligence panel.
But according to the two former national security officials, Gonzales said he “needed Jane” to help support the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about to be exposed by the Times. Harman, he told Goss, had helped persuade the newspaper to hold the wiretap story on the eve of the 2004 elections. And although it was too late to stop the Times from publishing now, she could be counted on again to help defend the program."""""
Miss Harman obviously had no problem working alongside the sinister AG Gonzales. Gonzo apparently valued Harman for her support of BushCo's plans for FISA/NSA Snitch-Tech--then most Demos agreed to that, a point KOS-zombies simply cannot grasp--and yet the Feds used the J-Edgar surveillance gear itself to catch Harman during one of her hush-hush chit-chats with an Israeli/AIPAC spy. Also note that the DOJ claimed a serious crime went down (as have even the muckraker-lites of TPM and a few moderate Dem sites), and decided to squelch, since Harman, like her soul-sistah Feinstein, generally followed the GOP partay-line. The evidence suggests KGB-like duplicity and deceit on the part of Harman, and yet the DOJ bagged the case--at least for now (as have the KOS-zombies and usual liberal blogocrats).