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Bill Clinton: Bush May Have Broken Spy Law
Newsmax ^ | Friday Jan 13, 2006 | NEwsmax

Posted on 01/13/2006 8:12:58 AM PST by laxin4him

President Bush may have broken the law when he authorized the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on U.S.-based terrorists, ex-president Bill Clinton said Thursday.

Asked if he thought Bush had gone too far by circumventing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap terrorists, Clinton told ABC's "Nightline": "As a legal proposition, I don't know."

He said it would have been better if his successor had followed established legal guidelines, explaining: "It seems to me that unless there's a reason not to, we ought to use that surveillance court."

Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

"My attitude was that once the Congress had spoken on it and given us tools that we needed, we used it, we used the law. It wasn't anything I ever had any question to even think about because I felt that the court and the setup was more than enough to do what we needed to do," he told "Nightline." Clinton predicted that ultimately the Supreme Court would have to decide whether Bush acted illegally.

The former president wasn't asked about projects Echelon and Carnivore, two programs that monitored the electronic communications of millions of Americans during his administration without authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


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Never having to answer a tough question.

Priceless

1 posted on 01/13/2006 8:12:59 AM PST by laxin4him
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To: laxin4him

The expert liar pot, calling the kettle black.


2 posted on 01/13/2006 8:14:39 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: laxin4him

What will it take for him to JUST GO AWAY!!????


3 posted on 01/13/2006 8:15:48 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: laxin4him

If it were not for the media protecting him, he would have been making his comments through a telephone in a visiting room in federal prison.


4 posted on 01/13/2006 8:16:31 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: laxin4him
Bill Clinton: Bush May Have Broken Spy Law

....having broken so many laws himself, he's now an expert on lawlessness.

5 posted on 01/13/2006 8:17:27 AM PST by Lazamataz (I have a Chinese family renting an apartment from me. They are lo mein tenants.)
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To: laxin4him

Interesting words from a man who's justice department was found by the FISA court to have had a habbit of overtly misleading the FISA court to obtain warrants.


6 posted on 01/13/2006 8:18:01 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: laxin4him

This from a man who used his powers as president to spy on his political opponents? Please.


7 posted on 01/13/2006 8:18:32 AM PST by msnimje (Senate Democrats ----------- Sound and Furry Signifying INSIGNIFICANCE)
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To: garyhope
Exactly, this man put his hand on the bible and swore to tell the truth. Lied and got caught and people think he is God!
8 posted on 01/13/2006 8:18:57 AM PST by Tannerone
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To: laxin4him
Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Best joke I've heard all day.

9 posted on 01/13/2006 8:21:01 AM PST by Luna (Lobbing the Holy Hand Grenade at Liberalism)
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To: Tannerone

Is it the people or is it the media that thinks he is God?


10 posted on 01/13/2006 8:21:41 AM PST by kempster
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To: laxin4him
Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

...My Gawd, I'm going to be wiping the coffee gulp I had in my mouth off my monitor's screen for the next four hours!

11 posted on 01/13/2006 8:22:16 AM PST by meandog (FUDU)
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To: laxin4him

As I understand Aldrich Ames's house was searched without a warrant, and this would have been about 1993.


12 posted on 01/13/2006 8:22:42 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: laxin4him

"Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law."

Is this the same Bill Clinton who can no longer practice law because of an Obstruction of Justice charge or something or other, I'm not clear on that. Was that within the constraints of the "law" or does it depend on what the word "law" means. I'm just really confused.


13 posted on 01/13/2006 8:23:50 AM PST by adgirl
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To: garyhope

Disbarred lawyer popping off...


14 posted on 01/13/2006 8:23:54 AM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: laxin4him
Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

Bwaaaaaaa!!!!! That's hysterical. Did he say this with a straight face?

15 posted on 01/13/2006 8:24:13 AM PST by QueenBee3 ("Phone's ringin dude.")
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To: laxin4him
Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

A law unto himself, that is.

16 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:39 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: QueenBee3

If Clinton had done what Bush did, we might have avoided 9/11.


17 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: laxin4him

One more time, Bubba. Here we are at war - a real war for the DEFENSE of America, and not some sociological exercise in the erstwhile Yugoslavia, and a former president says the sitting president has broken federal law. That is seditious.

Besides, Mr. Clinton lies under oath.

What a guy.

Putz.


18 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:54 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: laxin4him

19 posted on 01/13/2006 8:26:38 AM PST by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles" Fr. A. Saenz)
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To: laxin4him
Naturally the ABC reporter doesn't have clue about Clinton's Executive Order bypassing the FISA courts.

Never Trust Big Media

20 posted on 01/13/2006 8:32:52 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: RexBeach
Of course your right. This is Clinton at his best.

By saying "It seems to me that unless there's a reason not to, we ought to use that surveillance court." He allows others to draw conclusions, and the press don't ask any qualifier questions.

21 posted on 01/13/2006 8:33:21 AM PST by fml
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To: kstewskis

OK, picture this:

Bubba - Leader of the Free World - standing in the smaller area off of the Oval Office with his trousers and shorts around his ankles, with Monica on her kness in front of him doing what she apparently does best, and Bubba, with his head tilted back and eyes rolling back in their sockets, saying "GO BABY!".

Ummm, this is a man whom we should listen to one word of?

Bubba, just STFU; you are the epitome of irrelevance.


22 posted on 01/13/2006 8:33:22 AM PST by nesnah
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To: nesnah
Bubba, just STFU; you are the epitome of irrelevance.

And he's competing strongly against Jimmy Carter for that title too.

23 posted on 01/13/2006 8:35:35 AM PST by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles" Fr. A. Saenz)
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To: laxin4him

The wrong thinking and vileness of former democratic presidents amazes me. When was the last time you heard a former Republican president bashing a Democratic Pres. and push toward the "impeachment gang"? How unseemly! No wonder the rest of the world looks at the US and laughs.


24 posted on 01/13/2006 8:35:53 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: laxin4him
Why didn't the pressers ask old bj about 'Able Danger'? Could it be not even he was aware of 'Able Danger' as he was ever so busy satisfying his flesh needs. Maybe it was run out of that other wing of the White House, right under his long nose.
25 posted on 01/13/2006 8:36:49 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: laxin4him
Does the former President have his law license back, or is it still revoked? I wish he was revoked too, the P.O.S.
26 posted on 01/13/2006 8:42:13 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Luna

"Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law."

He said he "tried" -- he didn't say he tried very hard or was successful...


27 posted on 01/13/2006 8:44:47 AM PST by DJ Frisat
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To: meandog
Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

"Always tried" are the key Clinton-speak words here.He doesn't say ALWAYS without qualifying it.

28 posted on 01/13/2006 8:49:57 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: DJ Frisat
I suppose like he

"tried" to get us a tax cut

or "tried" to get Ben Laden

I guess you could say the Clinton presidency was a very trying experience for us all.

29 posted on 01/13/2006 8:51:13 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: DustyMoment
What will it take for him to JUST GO AWAY!!????

As with everything...it's the thought that counts.

30 posted on 01/13/2006 8:51:16 AM PST by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: Just mythoughts
Just a friendly reminder. The 5 year disbarment in Arkansas was nothing.

The real deal is:The crud has been disbarred for life from ever doing business in front of the Supreme Court.

I'd say he did something really, really bad to have that on his resume.

In two days, Hillary will "feel safe enough" to repeat his statement adding that the people have the right to know...and the Dems are filling out the Supreme Court paperwork as we speak.

Notice however, that he says "As a legal proposition, I don't know" which counters everything else he is saying.

That's a surprise because he always touts himself as a Constitutional lawyer.

31 posted on 01/13/2006 8:51:46 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: laxin4him

As long as one word out of the mouth of Bill Clinton is considered to be news worthy; the collective sanity of America will remain in grave doubt.


32 posted on 01/13/2006 8:53:45 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Maturity has brought me the wisdom to realize just what a world class dumb ass I really am.)
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To: msnimje
Yes........from a man who lied to his nation, from a man who ALSO tapped phones of millions of Americans( NOT TERRORISTS FROM FOREIGN LANDS!) under the program called Echelon, oh yeah, and THIS from a cowardly ex prez ( so afraid of losing his popularity that he failed to grab bin laden when laden was offered to him....and nearly 3,000 Americans DIED from this failure) who JUST NOW GOT HIS LAW LICENSE RETURNED AFTER HAVING IT SUSPENDED FOR HIS PERJURY GAMES..........games which cost you and me and all tax paying Americans MILLIONS as this boob stalled and hindered and played games with the investigation...

HE IS LUCKY HIS DEALINGS WITH RED CHINA WERE NOT INVESTIGATED!

Billy or hitlery klinton talking about LAWLESSNESS is about as ironic as teddy kennedy grilling ANYONE regarding values.

34 posted on 01/13/2006 8:57:10 AM PST by Republic (I have AMAZING confidence in and TRUST in our PRESIDENT! I LOVE HIM and his ENTIRE TEAM!)
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To: Sacajaweau
"Just a friendly reminder. The 5 year disbarment in Arkansas was nothing.
The real deal is:The crud has been disbarred for life from ever doing business in front of the Supreme Court."


Ah but it is about fund raising I mean lobbying. BJ speaks the dollars roll in, their largest lobbying group is trial eagles. (outside of Soros that is)

Clinton's constitution is otherwise called the living evolving document. It means what they say it means and it is filled with ghosts waiting for their interpreters to get a vision.
35 posted on 01/13/2006 8:58:42 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: laxin4him

Oh Thanks for the scoop! Bill we really TREASURE your opinionssssssss.


36 posted on 01/13/2006 9:00:45 AM PST by JFC (W, I am with YA)
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To: laxin4him

Unless there is a reason...hey Bill did you not hear of 9-11? Allow meto refresh you memory, 3000 Americans killed by a man you allowed to remain free.


38 posted on 01/13/2006 9:04:54 AM PST by nyconse
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To: laxin4him

But collecting 700 FBI files on private AMERICAN CITIZENS, was just an "innocent bureauratic snafu" in HIS administration. He and his wife should be breaking rocks at a Federal Prison.


39 posted on 01/13/2006 9:05:19 AM PST by Moby Grape
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To: laxin4him

Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law.

Too funny....... Great black comedian....


40 posted on 01/13/2006 9:06:00 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: adgirl
He doesn't say what his definition of tried is.
41 posted on 01/13/2006 9:06:49 AM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: steelcurtain
What law says the president and his henchmen/wife can spy on important government workers by checking out their FBI dossiers/files.
42 posted on 01/13/2006 9:09:47 AM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: DJ Frisat

"he didn't say he tried very hard or was successful..."

LOL! Excellent catch, totally missed by most of us. If the slick one ever finds a way to compress his words into a pressurized can, the makers of WD-40, will have some serious competition.


43 posted on 01/13/2006 9:13:21 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Maturity has brought me the wisdom to realize just what a world class dumb ass I really am.)
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To: laxin4him

Echelon, a Clinton era invention, was much worse than the present system. The Clintons used it to spy on Americans in America. There is no end to the idiocy and lying of RATS!


44 posted on 01/13/2006 9:17:55 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: laxin4him
Here's a story about how the US found Padilla's AlQaeda app in AFghanistan, and this sentence from the story:

We found Padilla's al Qaeda application, U.S. says

The case is built on thousands of government wiretaps of the alleged terrorist cell's telephone conversations from 1993 to 2001.

45 posted on 01/13/2006 9:24:40 AM PST by eyespysomething (Let's agree to respect each other's views, no matter how wrong yours might be.)
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To: laxin4him
"Clinton said that when he was president, he always tried to work within the constraints of the law."

(SPEW!)

WHAT?!?!?!?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Clinton owes me a keyboard.

47 posted on 01/13/2006 9:37:22 AM PST by manwiththehands (Good news for America = bad news for democRats)
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To: Itzlzha
As with everything...it's the thought that counts.

Too Funny!!!
48 posted on 01/13/2006 9:37:57 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment
What will it take for him to JUST GO AWAY!!????

Not until he dies. He and Jimmah are like dog poop lodged in the lugs in your hiking boots.

49 posted on 01/13/2006 9:53:42 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: F.J. Mitchell

'LOL! Excellent catch...'

Thanks. Unfortunately, I'm finding it very difficult to see much humor in any of this --- it nauseates me. I've always enjoyed ironic humor, but this is just sick. That the media can constantly nitpick and smear the current president, who's doing his damnedest to try to protect our country from those who would destroy it, while totally ignoring the the damage done to it by his predecessor, makes me totally ill.

BTW -- I've enjoyed your comments about the WD-40 replacement, and, especially, the one referencing the collective sanity of the American public. How sad, how true!


50 posted on 01/13/2006 10:00:27 AM PST by DJ Frisat
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