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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, standing firmly with the White House on the administration's eavesdropping program, said Sunday he doesn't think new or updated legislation is needed to govern domestic surveillance to foil terrorists.

``I don't think that it does need to be rewritten, but we are holding hearings in the Judiciary Committee right now,' Frist said on CBS' ``Face the Nation.'

Frist also said he didn't think a court order is needed before eavesdropping, under the program, occurs. ``Does it have to be thrown over to the courts? I don't think so. I personally don't think so,' he said.

Critics argue the program, run by the National Security Agency, sidesteps the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which prohibits domestic eavesdropping without a warrant from a special intelligence court.

Bush has stated that he wants to further codify the power he already believes he has. If he has the power legally, then codifying it is redundant. Such an exercise in redundancy is a waste of taxpayer money. George W. “the thrifty” Bush wants to waste his political capital and taxpayer capital.

Why doesn't this bother our Republican friends?

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