Kavanaugh’s support for surveilling Americans raises concern

Posted at 9:56 PM, Aug 27, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans.
Democrats plan to grill Kavanaugh about that and other matters during his confirmation hearings scheduled to begin next Tuesday. Beyond his writings as an appeals court judge, some Democrats suspect Kavanaugh was more involved in crafting counterterrorism policies during the George W. Bush administration than he has let on.
Kavanaugh has said in congressional testimony that he wasn’t involved in such provocative matters as warrantless surveillance and treatment of enemy combatants after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Yet if he is confirmed to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy, legal experts predict Kavanaugh could shift the court to the right on national security issues.

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