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Posted on 12/16/2005 6:31:55 PM PST by Jay777
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed shock about revelations reported in the New York Times that President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on conversations of Americans and others in the United States. According to the report, this spying occurred without any court order and was focused on telephone and e-mail communications of "hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States" with persons abroad. Electronic surveillance law generally prohibits non-consensual eavesdropping in the U.S. without a court order based on probable cause.
The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:
"Eavesdropping on conversations of U.S citizens and others in the United States without a court order and without complying with the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is both illegal and unconstitutional. The administration is claiming extraordinary presidential powers at the expense of civil liberties and is putting the president above the law. Congress must investigate this report thoroughly. We also call upon Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint a special prosecutor to independently investigate whether crimes have been committed.
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Well said. Donald Rumsfield and Porter Goss MUST find these leakers and expose them for what they are. Seditious traitors.
what is also amazing about this, is how the adminisrtation is totally blind sided by this.
this was obviously well planned to be released this week during the iraqi elections and the Patriot Act revote, well orchestrated with the various leftist groups, and even McCain and Spector seem to have been tipped to do their thing and instantly call for investigations.
yet, the administration is once again not prepared with any rebuttal. is anyone at the white house plugged in to the political machinations inside the Beltway, before they break?
"Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool." Didn't anyone tell the queer-baits??
The ACLU supports terrorists, so of course they would be upset about policies that negatively impact their "friends".
ACLU = Anti Christian Lawyers Union
The President has followed the law on this matter.
did you even read the original article? even the Times piece itself mentions how many justice department reviews took place during each use of this. what the hell do you want the president to do, ask the ACLU and the NYT their opinion on this matter before exercising this?
I signed the petition.
If the notion of a special prosecutor hasn't been thoroughly discredited by now, I vote that it should be. To be as blunt as possible, special prosecutors are a waste of time and money, and only serve to trash the reputations of otherwise worthy individuals.
On the other hand, we are very interested in bringing the New York Times and their running dog lackeys before the bar of justice and sending them all to prison for a very long time.
Welcome to FreeRepublic. How'd ya find your way here?
Ummm... can the ACLU come up with a single person who has suffered unjustly becasue of this?
I didn't think so...
watch the opening segment of OReilly on the replay (Tony Snow hosts) and listen to some informed people talking about this. that's all I can tell you.
Someone broke the law alright - the Official Secrets Act.
They signed it. Promised, under penalty of a world of hurt dropping on their head, to uphold it, for America.
Then somebody didn't. They should go to jail.
and no, its not "better then trashing the 4th amendment". the constitution is not a suicide pact.