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Gonzales To Defend Domestic Spying Program

 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can expect some tough questioning today as he defends the administration's domestic spy program.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have expressed doubts about the administration's justification for the warrantless searches.

The administration says the president has the constitutional authority to order such surveillance to protect the country.

But Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter says Gonzales' explanations so far have been "strained and unrealistic."

Meanwhile the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will hear from Gonzales in closed session later this week, says the spying is part of the president's power under the constitution. Senator Pat Roberts last week called the program "legal, necessary and reasonable."

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