A last-minute deal Tuesday with Vice President Cheney averted a possible confrontation between the Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. telephone companies about the National Security Agency's database of customer calling records.Consider? Is that greater than or less than 'faithfully executing,' as only a Unitary Executive can do? And while we're considering, isn't their already a law that places "domestic surveillance program[s] under scrutiny of a special federal court?" I'm sure I read about that one somewhere...
The deal was announced by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the committee chairman, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. They said Cheney, who plays a key role supervising NSA counterterrorism efforts, promised that the Bush administration would consider legislation proposed by Specter that would place a domestic surveillance program under scrutiny of a special federal court. (emphasis mine)
It's not like I have reason to suspect 'consider' means 'ignore', do I?