He once claimed a new ‘special need’ to stop terror could give the government carte blanche to spy on Americans. He cited no legal authority, just the 9/11 Commission Report.
Faiza Patel is co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program.
Unlike on the campaign trail, his own words, and plainly stated intent, now keep coming back to haunt him.
Having made plain his intent, substituting in nominally neutral language doesn’t make this do-over much better or much more likely to withstand judges’ scrutiny.