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Posted on 01/16/2006 9:54:03 PM PST by Jay777
Prominent Journalists, Nonprofit Groups, Terrorism Experts and Community Advocates Join First Lawsuit to Challenge New NSA Spying Program
NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Saying that the Bush administration's illegal spying on Americans must end, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the National Security Agency seeking to stop a secret electronic surveillance program that has been in place since shortly after September 11, 2001. "President Bush may believe he can authorize spying on Americans without judicial or Congressional approval, but this program is illegal and we intend to put a stop to it," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The current surveillance of Americans is a chilling assertion of presidential power that has not been seen since the days of Richard Nixon."
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a group of prominent journalists, scholars, attorneys, and national nonprofit organizations (including the ACLU) who frequently communicate by phone and e-mail with people in the Middle East. Because of the nature of their calls and e-mails, they believe their communications are being intercepted by the NSA under the spying program. The program is disrupting their ability to talk with sources, locate witnesses, conduct scholarship, and engage in advocacy. The program, which was first disclosed by The New York Times on December 16, has sparked national and international furor and has been condemned by lawmakers across the political spectrum.
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Hopefully this will directly to the 'new' supreme court, complete with Alito and Roberts.
...is this the same outfit that wanted us to believe that Bill Clinton's purgery wasn't "an impeachable offense"?
Who's above the law now?
These people are not only traitors, they are the enemy within.
Why isn't the ACLU suing state governments who are daily infringing on the rights of private businesses?
This post show have a L.U.U. (laugh until urinate) Alert. The ACLU is so laughable, they are a complete joke.
I posted this earlier today:
I am rereading The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins this week; it is about Libyia putting a hydrogen bomb in NYC.
On page 133 of a 470 page book:
"A few miles away at Fort Meade, Maryland, some of the twenty thousand employees of the National Security Agency skimmed through the most complex and sophisticated computer facilities in the world. Stored on them were the harvest of the NSA's world-wide eavesdropping systems, global electronic vacuum cleaners that scooped rations transmissions and telephone calls from the atmosphere, broek them down into key categories for rapid retrieval, then dumped them onto the NSA's computer. The information stored there had already allowed the NSA to foil a major terrorist operation on United States soil. Now the heirs to cryptologists who had broken Japan's naval code in World War II hunted for the word, the phrase, the message that would allow the FBI to foil this one."
Copyright on this book? 1980!
How could they NOT know what has been going on for years????
How terrible would it be to hound ACLU attorneys by pulling them over and making a citizen's arrest for driving under the influence?
If they don't test out for alcohol, just accuse them of being under the influence of Satan. Something.
Maybe spray their lawn put a dog in heat in their mailbox or something.
I'm joking, of course, but these guys drive me nuts!
I think that the majority of Americans have fogotten about 911 and they have buried their heads in the sand rather than remember the horror of SEPTEMBER 11.
fogotton = forgotten
This is not a joke. This is real life. This group should be completley destroyed within the law & if not - without the law. Way too much talk'in on this internet w/o any action against these commies.
How are any of these things curtailed because they now "know" what they already surely should have known for years -- that unencrypted phone calls can always be intercepted.
We aren't allowed to say anything of importance on unsecured phone lines. If the U.S. wasn't listening, you can be sure that the countries in the middle east are monitoring every phone call that comes into their countries.
Are these people so naive as to believe that the agreements the phone companies must sign with Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, et. al don't include as a matter of course the ability of those countries to listen in to all the conversations?
Or don't they really care if the evil dictators of those countries know what they are saying, because they assume those dictators will be happy with what they hear?
Sorry to hear about Hitchens, kinda liked him. Nonetheless, it's sad that Bush has to fight these people in addition to the terrorists.
i want to see what Dems jump on board this suit. My guess. Zero. They sure talk a good game though.
As if it wasn't expected...what took them so long?
Must have been asleep during the Clinton regime which not only illegally released personal information on whistle-blowers they also used the IRS to harass them. (IF not outright mafia like threats and intimidation!)Clinton was Nixon with charisma and without the integrity.
I felt the same way when I saw his name.
When we will EVER learn?