Skip to comments.ACLU Sues to Stop Illegal Spying on Americans, Saying President is Not Above the Law
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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Now what in the world is the ACLU doing communicating with the enemy? And if they are, I certainly hope the NSA is recording their calls. It's part of their job to catch spies.
I believe that the following would apply to the ACLU:
Cicero said: "A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague."
Have people ever tried suing the ACLU in an offensive way. I'm talking about suing the organization itself, funding, operation, tax status, etc...Anything?
Total idiocy, isn't it?
Please tell me that the NSA has been watching these traitors at the ACLU closely.
Not ONE WORD of that is proven; it's just made up crap.
Gore Planned to Bug America
Tell a lie enough..........
turn on Fox
Nope, won't do it - I've gone all day without the TV on and have not intentions of changing that right now.
And it was a pretty impressive feat, considering the 7yo was home all day today and no TV ever got turned on :)
Thanks for the link. Knowing the Clinton's they wanted all that power so that they could abuse it on a daily basis.
Ok...everything that I have read, even from THE SOURCE (James Riesen, the author of the new book and the now-identified source for the original NY Times article that broke the story), says that there were 500 Americans that had their phones tapped. And for all 500, their phone number was found on the computer or cell phone of captured Al Qeada operative.
Five hundred. Approximate population of the United States is 300 Million.
So, precisely 0.0000017 of the American population MIGHT have had their terrorist-connected phone calls monitored.
Forgive me if I'm not shocked, stunned, and dismayed that 0.0000017 of the American population, all of whom have known ties to a terrorist organization, had their phones tapped.
I'm so sick of this crap that the Libs continue to try and push.
These are incoming calls from terrorists to people inside of the United States whom are NOT EVEN NECESSARILY AMERICANS. It's amazing to watch the Libs and their MSM buddies keep spinning this into "spying on all Americans".
Here's a tip for all the ACLU backers: Don't want to worry about your calls being monitored? Don't accept that call from that overseas terrorist and you have nothing to worry about. Geez.
"The current surveillance of Americans is a chilling assertion of presidential power that has not been seen since the days of Richard Nixon."
Guess they never heard of ECHELON then...?
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