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  • Another Day, Another Embarrassing Intelligence-Related Correction (NY Times correction)

    04/14/2006 3:32:21 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 91 replies · 6,702+ views
    Times Watch ^ | 4/14/2006 11:59:09 AM | Clay Waters
    Another Day, Another Embarrassing Intelligence-Related Correction Posted by: Clay Waters 4/14/2006 11:59:09 AM After correcting itself on the Lewis Libby leak yesterday, the Times on Friday corrects another Bush-related intelligence story by reporter Eric Lichtblau that brought much criticism from conservative bloggers like PowerLine. This is what Lichtblau falsely claimed March 29: “In a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the secretive court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, several former judges who served on the panel also voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order.”...
  • Judge orders NSA spy papers released

    02/16/2006 11:23:39 AM PST · by hipaatwo · 225 replies · 8,009+ views
    A federal judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration on its warrantless surveillance program, ordering the Justice Department on Thursday to release documents about the highly classified effort within 20 days or compile a list of what it is withholding. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy said a private group will suffer irreparable harm if the documents it has been seeking since December are not processed promptly under the Freedom of Information Act. The Justice Department failed to meet the time restraints under FOIA and failed to make a case that it was impractical to deal quickly with the request...
  • White House Gives Details on Surveillance

    02/08/2006 4:12:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 1,448+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - After weeks of insisting it would not reveal details of its domestic eavesdropping, the White House reversed course Wednesday and provided a House committee with highly classified information about the program. The White House has been under heavy pressure from lawmakers who wanted more information about the National Security Agency's monitoring. Democrats and many Republicans rejected the administration's implicit suggestion that they could not be trusted with national security secrets. The shift came after Rep. Heather Wilson (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., chairwoman of a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee, broke with the Bush administration and called for a...
  • Why We Listen (NSA & FISA)

    02/04/2006 8:06:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 637+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | PHILIP BOBBITT
    IN the debate over whether the National Security Agency's eavesdropping violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, we must not lose sight of the fact that the world we entered on 9/11 will require rewriting that statute and other laws. The tiresome pas de deux between rigid civil libertarians in denial of reality and an overaggressive executive branch seemingly heedless of the law, while comforting to partisans of both groups, is not in the national interest. --snip-- The N.S.A. is our most important intelligence agency. Typically, about 60 percent of the president's daily brief comes from its intercepts. --snip-- Consider that...
  • ACLU seeks data on 'spying'

    02/01/2006 4:14:32 PM PST · by CAWats · 29 replies · 739+ views
    San Diego, Union-Tribune ^ | 010206 | By Kim Curtis
    SAN FRANCISCO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed a request for information about alleged government spying during student-led protests at two universities. The Freedom of Information Act request was filed with the government on behalf of UC Santa Cruz Students Against the War and Berkeley Stop the War Coalition at the University of California, Berkeley, according to Dorothy Ehrlich, executive director of the ACLU-Northern California.
  • Q&A: NSA Domestic Surveillance Program

    01/28/2006 9:13:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 820+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/28/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration faces daily questions about a highly secretive program at the National Security Agency aimed at monitoring terror suspects. Is it legal? Who's targeted? Some questions and answers about the domestic surveillance program launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001: Q: Can the NSA eavesdrop on Americans? A: Generally, it is prohibited without a court order. But under a directive signed by President Bush, and renewed more than 30 times, the National Security Agency can monitor the international communications of people inside the country, when one party to the call or e-mail is believed to be involved...
  • The Other Big Brother (Newsweak on "spying")

    01/22/2006 1:52:28 PM PST · by frankjr · 6 replies · 598+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/22/06 | Michael Isikoff
    The demonstration seemed harmless enough. Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. They were there to protest the corporation's supposed "war profiteering." The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work. The idea, according to organizer Scott Parkin, was to call attention to allegations that the company was overcharging on a food contract for troops in Iraq. "It was tongue-in-street political theater," Parkin says....
  • Alpharetta Lawyer Sues Bush Over Wiretaps

    01/20/2006 7:36:18 PM PST · by groanup · 102 replies · 1,824+ views
    AJC ^ | 01/21/06 | Carlos Campos
    Alpharetta lawyer sues Bush over wiretaps By CARLOS CAMPOS The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 01/21/06 An Alpharetta man filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against President Bush, claiming the administration's secret wiretapping program aimed at nabbing terrorists is unconstitutional. Mark Guzzi, 40, claims that the government's surveillance of telephone and Internet communications violates his First Amendment protection of free speech and the Fourth Amendment's right to privacy. Guzzi is a lawyer for the state Department of Corrections, but he said he filed the lawsuit as a private citizen. The lawsuit names President Bush, the National Security Agency and the NSA's...
  • LIVE THREAD: Domestic Spying Program (C-Span 1 11 A.M. Friday hosted by Conyers)

    01/19/2006 10:15:12 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 183 replies · 1,989+ views
    Domestic Spying Program U.S. House of Representatives, Conyers, J. (D-MI) Washington, District of Columbia (United States) ID:190809 - 01/20/2006 - 3:00 - No Sale Conyers, John Jr., U.S. Representative, D-MIWaters, Maxine, U.S. Representative, D-CA Nadler, Jerrold, U.S. Representative, D-NYScott, Robert "Bobby", U.S. Representative, D-VAHinchey, Maurice, U.S. Representative, D-NYMartin, Kate, Director, Center for Natl. Security StudiesSchiff, Adam B., U.S. Representative, D-CABamford, James, Author Van Hollen, Christopher, U.S. Representative, D, MarylandFein, Bruce, AttorneyFredrickson, Caroline, Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Legislative Affairs
  • White House refuses to talk about Al Gore’s plan to Wiretap every electronic device in the world

    01/20/2006 2:18:11 PM PST · by Thanatos · 45 replies · 1,940+ views
    Left Wing Hate Website ^ | 1-19-2005 | Thanatos
    From today's WhiteHouse press Briefing: quote: Q Scott, I have a two-part question. Apparently, no one in the White House will challenge Al Gore with now public information that he led the Clinton administration's Clipper Chip Project back in the 1990s to effectively tap every phone, fax machine and computer in the country. And my question: Isn't that worth pointing out to the American people, after he accused President Bush of breaking the law and violating the Constitution by -- MR. McCLELLAN: I think you just did. This is an administration that is forward-looking, Les. We're focused on the priorities...
  • Interview of the Vice President by Neil Cavuto, FOX News

    01/19/2006 9:57:15 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 14 replies · 631+ views
    Interview of the Vice President by Neil Cavuto, FOX News FOX Studios New York, New York 2:18 P.M. EST Q Mr. Vice President, first off, there's a tape -- it seems to be official -- from Osama bin Laden. The CIA is saying as such. What do you make of it? THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, it's -- I'm sure it will be an interesting development, partly because we haven't heard anything from him in over a year. And if this is authentic, it will be the first indication that we've had from him. The other key question in addition to...
  • Mum's the word on Gore wiretapping

    01/19/2006 5:25:49 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 32 replies · 1,730+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | 20 January 2006 | Les Kinsolving
    Presidential press secretary Scott McClellan today refused to acknowledge the fact that then-Vice President Al Gore led a Clinton administration program that potentially could have bugged every phone in the country, this after the Democrat hammered President Bush Monday for allowing wiretaps of suspected terrorists. The "Clipper Chip" project would have placed a chip on new phones, allowing the federal government the means to eavesdrop. "Isn't that worth pointing out to the American people, after [Gore] accused President Bush of breaking the law and violating the Constitution?" asked WND. "I think you just did," responded McClellan. "This is an administration...

    01/19/2006 1:56:08 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 10 replies · 666+ views
    National Review ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | Andy McCarthy
    I’ve been arguing, including in the current issue of NR, that the NSA “scandal” is way overblown, mainly because this dispute is procedural, not substantive. That is, the real mainstream of America (as opposed to the fringe portrayed as the mainstream by the fringy mainstream media) wants al Qaeda monitored (at the very least). The real mainstream also recognizes not only that this monitoring must include surveillance inside the U.S., but that domestic monitoring is the most important because “inside the U.S.” is exactly where al Qaeda is trying to hit us. Hard. Again. As long as that monitoring is...
  • Poll: NSA Leakers are 'Traitors'

    01/19/2006 3:06:43 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 28 replies · 1,773+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Americans overwhelmingly support President Bush's decision to wiretap suspected terrorists operating inside the U.S. without first obtaining a court order - and a solid plurality believe those who leaked news of the secret operation are "traitors," a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll has found. Asked whether the president "should have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?" - 58 percent of those surveyed said yes. Just 36 percent disagreed. According to Dick Morris, who reveals the poll's...
  • New York Times-Eavesdropping Worse Than Internment Camps

    01/18/2006 6:27:07 PM PST · by sactodan · 7 replies · 370+ views
    SactoDan Blog ^ | January 18, 2006 | SactoDan
    The New York Times most recent absurdity from the Op Ed page is that listening to phone calls into or out of the US to targeted overseas locations is a more graphic example of ''scrapped civil liberties'' than the internment of Japanese in America during WWII. In times of extreme fear, American leaders have sometimes scrapped civil liberties in the name of civil protection. It's only later that the country can see that the choice was a false one and that citizens' rights were sacrificed to carry out extreme measures that were at best useless and at worst counterproductive. There...

    01/18/2006 11:22:30 AM PST · by ritt · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Horsefeathers ^ | 1-18-2006 | Stephen Rittenberg
    “If Hitler invaded Hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons." --Winston Churchill Christopher Hitchens has been an eloquent voice arguing for the military liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein. There, we've made a “favorable reference” to the aging Marxist ideologue. Horsefeathers took note of the fact that even when he urged America on vs. Saddam, Hitchens never uttered a word of appreciation or encouragement to Israel, a country at the front line of the war against Islamo-fascism, long before the U.S. confronted Saddam. In fact, for years, Hitchens went out...
  • Leading Conservatives Call for Extensive Hearings on NSA Surveillance; Checks on Invasive Federal Po

    01/18/2006 8:10:29 AM PST · by Perlstein · 389 replies · 19,077+ views ^ | January 17, 2006 | Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances
    Leading Conservatives Call for Extensive Hearings on NSA Surveillance; Checks on Invasive Federal Powers Essential 1/17/2006 6:36:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Laura Brinker, 202-715-1540, for Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances (PRCB) today called upon Congress to hold open, substantive oversight hearings examining the President's authorization of the National Security Agency (NSA) to violate domestic surveillance requirements outlined in the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, chairman of PRCB, was joined by fellow conservatives Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform...
  • NY Times Confesses Truth About NSA Leak

    01/17/2006 10:30:40 AM PST · by frankjr · 5 replies · 566+ views
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | 1/17/06 | A.J. Strata
    I have been repeating my claim over and over again that NSA was getting leads on terrorist communications with people in the US and passing these tips to the FBI - as we would expect them to do. Here is one post out of many where I pointed out how NSA was not a bypass for FISA, but an organization and process the preceded FISA warrants when tips were found to people in the US. Here I pointed out where the Washington Post vindicated my claims that there was no bypassing of FISA, but what was going on was certain...
  • Interesting Links about the History of Government Wiretapping.....

    01/17/2006 9:57:48 AM PST · by carolinacrazy · 5 replies · 829+ views ^ | 1/17/2006 | Blake Elliott
    I have put together some interesting links concerning the non-scandal surrounding the NSA's under "Not So Shocking News"
  • AG: No Special Counsel for 'Spygate'

    01/17/2006 9:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 728+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Jan. 17, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday that he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate President Bush's decision to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor the phone calls from suspected terrorists operating abroad. Asked about former Vice President Al Gore's demand yesterday that the Justice Department appoint a "Spygate" special counsel, Gonzales told the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" that there was no basis to believe any laws were broken by the NSA program. "We firmly believe that this program is perfectly lawful," Gonzales explained. "The president has legal authority to authorize these kinds of...
  • ACLU Caught in Massive Coverup while Suing US for Wiretapping

    01/17/2006 8:01:45 AM PST · by Thanatos · 51 replies · 4,015+ views
    Left Wing Hate Website ^ | 1-17-2006 | Thanatos
    The ACLU had announced on Tuesday, November 16, 1999 that it will create a website called "". This website would chronicle all uses of the Planetary Evesdropping system used by the United States to monitor Phone Calls, Cell Phones, Satellite Communications around the world. This is the "NSA Evesdropping" system that's in the news today. The ACLU had an extensive Library of documents, archives, news articles, links to congressional testimony and was the place to go for this information. That is until now. The ACLU is deleting all this information off the website. It had chronicled all this information and...
  • ACLU Sues to Stop Illegal Spying on Americans, Saying President is Not Above the Law

    01/16/2006 9:54:03 PM PST · by Jay777 · 75 replies · 1,568+ views
    PRN News ^ | January 17, 12:01 am ET | Unknown
    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...
  • 52% of Americans: Impeach Bush on wiretaps (Zogby)

    01/15/2006 9:42:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 198 replies · 4,395+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 16 January 2006
    A new Zogby poll indicates a majority of Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval. Respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment." The poll found that 52 percent agreed, 43 percent disagreed and 6 percent said they didn't know or declined to answer. "The American people are not buying Bush's outrageous claim that he has the power to wiretap...
  • Disposable Cell Phone Purchases a Result of NSA Leak and NY Times Story

    01/15/2006 3:32:02 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 47 replies · 3,222+ views
    MND ^ | Sunday, January 15, 2006 | by Jim Kouri, CPP
    The FBI has initiated an intense investigation into the increase in purchases of large numbers of disposable cell phones by individuals who emanate from the Middle East and Pakistan. The cheap cell phones, which do not require purchasers to sign a contract or have a credit card, have many legitimate uses, and are popular with those who have bad credit or for use as emergency phones tucked away in motor vehicle glove compartments. But, according to law enforcement commanders, since they can be difficult or impossible to track, the phones are widely used by organized crime gangs, drug traffickers and...
  • Specter says no 'blank check' for Bush on spying

    01/15/2006 4:15:00 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 34 replies · 1,287+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said Bush in theory could face impeachment charges if found to have violated the law by authorizing the program, but he did not endorse that approach and had heard no serious talk of it. News of the covert domestic spying program last month sparked an outcry by both Democrats and some members of Bush's Republican party. Many lawmakers...
  • ABC's Nightline Aids Bill Clinton's Revisionism on NSA Spying

    01/14/2006 9:37:48 AM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 2 replies · 926+ views
    MND ^ | Friday, January 13, 2006 | by Jim Kouri, CPP
    For eight years, Bill Clinton saturated the news media with his exploits in the White House. And now that he's no longer president -- and unlike most former presidents -- he's still getting major press coverage on a daily basis. It's understandable since without the adulation and love poured on the man known as Slick Willie, he'd be left alone with himself. And the reality would set in that beneath all the bluster and verbal gymnastics lay a man who's basically an empty suit. But for now, that is a non-problem for Clinton. For example, Thursday night Bill appeared on...
  • Ed Meese Takes Chris Matthews Head On 1/12/2006 (Cleans Matthews' Clock)

    01/13/2006 9:08:20 AM PST · by Howlin · 170 replies · 5,792+ views | January 13, 2006
    ----excerpt------- (CROSSTALK) MATTHEWS: Up next, we‘ll get some reaction to Tice‘s allegations from former Attorney General Ed Meese. He‘s coming here. You‘re watching HARDBALL only on MSNBC. (COMMERCIAL BREAK) MATTHEWS: Welcome back to HARDBALL. From the NSA‘s secret spying to the CIA leak probe and the bribery on Capitol Hill, there‘s no shortage of legal questions and criminal matters facing Washington lately. But just how many people have broken the law? We‘re joined by a man who knows, former Attorney General Ed Meese. He‘s author of the “Heritage Guide to the Constitution,” a very impressive volume, sir. Thank you. Let...
  • FOX News Poll: Homeland Security and Wiretapping

    01/13/2006 9:46:48 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 10 replies · 1,374+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 12, 2006 | Dana Blanton
    A majority of Americans think the president should have the power to authorize eavesdropping on domestic phone calls with suspected terrorists without getting a warrant, though many say they are concerned government efforts to track terrorists are harming civil liberties. Last month, President George W. Bush acknowledged that after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks he approved a warrant-less domestic wiretapping program. A new FOX News poll finds that a majority of Americans believe the president should have the power to authorize such a program. By 58 percent to 36 percent, Americans think the president should have the power to authorize...
  • Bill Clinton: Bush May Have Broken Spy Law

    01/13/2006 8:12:58 AM PST · by laxin4him · 61 replies · 1,659+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday Jan 13, 2006 | NEwsmax
    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...
  • NSA fires whistleblower (flashback: Tice diagnosed psychotic paranoid)

    01/12/2006 5:21:21 PM PST · by RedBloodedAmerican · 145 replies · 2,024+ views
    Pulse-Journal ^ | May 05, 2005 | REBECCA CARR
    WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency fired a high level intelligence official just days after he publicly urged Congress to pass stronger protections for federal whistleblowers facing retaliation.Russ Tice, 43, who was once nominated for an award by the agency for his intelligence work on Iraq, was informed Tuesday that his security clearances had been permanently revoked and that he could no longer work at the secretive intelligence agency known for its eavesdropping and code-breaking capabilities.Tice has been at the odds with the agency since he reported suspicions that a female co-worker at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), was a spy for...
  • Spy Powers: Can the president eavesdrop on private citizens without a judge's ok?

    01/11/2006 4:45:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies · 1,021+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 8, 2006 | Bob Egelko
    SPY POWERS Can the president eavesdrop on private citizens without a judge's ok? The high court said 'no' in 1972 Wiretaps: Ruling requires warrants for spying at home Thirty-five years ago, President Richard Nixon claimed constitutional authority to wiretap Americans' phone calls to protect national security without asking a judge -- the same assertion that President Bush is making today in the name of fighting terrorism. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Nixon, saying the Constitution granted the powers he was claiming to judges, not presidents. If the current court eventually reconsiders that 1972 ruling, it may affect the fate...
  • Two to stand trial in memo leak

    01/10/2006 8:37:50 PM PST · by DurtySanches · 25 replies · 2,532+ views
    CBC news ^ | 1/10/06 | CBC news
    Two men who leaked a document suggesting U.S. President George W. Bush considered bombing Al-Jazeera television have to stand trial. David Keogh, a British civil servant, is accused of passing a memo to Leo O'Connor, a former parliamentary researcher. The memo was then leaked to a British newspaper last November. It alleged that Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar in a meeting he had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House in 2004. Keogh has been accused of "a damaging disclosure" of international information. O'Connor, a former employee of a Labour MP, is accused of...
  • Rockefeller Did You "Teller"?

    01/09/2006 9:04:32 PM PST · by redgirlinabluestate · 11 replies · 390+ views ^ | January 9, 2006 | MacRanger
    I'm trying to confirm this information, but several sources are telling me today that some investigators working on the NSA leak probe believe that Senator Jay Rockefeller may have been a little more than "concerned" about NSA. In fact, he may just be the leaker of the program to the NY Times, and is now being considered a "significant person of interest" in the probe. What I'm told that investigatiors have locked into is this fact that other pundits have identified, that Senator Rockefeller had stated that he went to to great lengths to lock away his memo of concern...
  • Spying as usual? Politics as usual? [Barfer]

    01/09/2006 7:58:03 AM PST · by ncountylee · 9 replies · 341+ views
    arkansasnews ^ | Jan 9, 2006 | John Brummett
    Giving credit where due, let's stipulate that the Republican spin machine of the last two decades has been the country's most effective propagandist, hands down. It turned rich people's inheritance taxes into death taxes. It turned Saddam Hussein into Osama bin Laden. It turned the failed Whitewater Development Corp. of rural north-central Arkansas into Oval Office sex. (Well, yes, Bill and Monica helped with that.) It turned John Kerry's legitimately heroic war exploits into grandstanding fraud. Now the GOP propagandists are challenged anew. With midterm elections looming, they need to turn the Bush administration's illegal warrantless electronic eavesdropping on American...
  • Shocking discovery: President determined to defend U.S.

    01/08/2006 11:12:35 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 39 replies · 1,639+ views ^ | Jan. 9, 2005 | Paul Greenberg
    Dana Priest of The Washington Post sounds shocked - shocked! - to discover that George W. Bush ordered a complete remobilization and reinvigoration of the CIA immediately after September 11th: "The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al-Qaida has grown into the largest CIA covert-action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over clandestine tactics . . . ." This is news? Isn't this just what W. told the country he would do in the aftermath of September 11th? "Ours will...
  • CIA cracks down on leaks

    01/08/2006 2:10:07 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 61 replies · 2,145+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9 January 2006
    CIA director Porter Goss is redoubling efforts to prevent agents from divulging the spy agency's secrets to the media, and also plans to clamp down on former spies publishing books about their covert careers, Time magazine has reported. Citing an anonymous former senior Central Intelligence Agency official, Time, in a report to hit newsstands this week, said on its website that CIA officials told employees during a meeting last week that leaking had gotten out of control and needed to stop. The reported added that a new clampdown on leakers had been launched, supported by a team of "mostly retired"...
  • The Wisdom in Wiretaps. Bush critics seek war-powers loopholes to benefit terrorists.

    01/08/2006 1:46:53 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 1,000+ views
    WSJ OpinionJournal ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | WSJ Editorial
    The Bush Administration's use of warrantless wiretaps in the war on terrorism continues to generate controversy, and Congress is planning hearings. The issue is not about circumventing normal civilian Constitutional protections, after all. The debate concerns surveillance for military purposes during wartime. But what the critics are really insisting on here is that the President get a warrant the minute a terrorist communicates with an associate who may be inside in the U.S. That's a loophole only a terrorist could love. Jimmy Carter's Attorney General, Griffin Bell, emphasized when FISA passed that the law "does not take away the power...
  • Eight House Dems Back Impeachment Probe (Demsheviks in action)

    01/08/2006 7:35:22 AM PST · by dbostan · 60 replies · 1,447+ views
    News Max ^ | 01/08/06 | News max
    Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 10:11 a.m. EST Eight House Dems Back Impeachment Probe Eight House Democrats have announced their support for legislation that would establish an impeachment inquiry into whether President Bush for committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S. in connection with the Iraq war. HR 635 calls for "Creating a select committee to investigate the administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture [and] retaliating against critics." The legislation says that the select committee should "make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment." The bill, first proposed by Rep....
  • U.S. shouldn't have to do tap dance over bugging

    01/08/2006 2:25:00 AM PST · by mal · 24 replies · 1,400+ views
    Here's a Reuters headline from New Year's Day: "CIA May Need Decade To Rebuild Clandestine Service." A decade, huh? Circa 2016, you mean? The last time I checked the job-completion estimates was back in spring 2004, when the agency's then-director, George Tenet, told the 9/11 Commission that it would take another half-decade to rebuild the clandestine service. In other words, three years after 9/11, he was saying he needed another five years. As I wrote at the time, "Imagine if, after Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt had turned to Tenet to start up the OSS, the CIA's Second World War predecessor....
  • Has the Washington Post been living in Washington too long? [CRS Report On NSA Program]

    01/08/2006 6:30:11 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 15 replies · 558+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan. 8, 2006 | Paul Mirengoff
    I haven't had a chance to read the Congressional Research Service's report on the legality of the NSA intercept program. However, Orin Kerr finds its scope "quite narrow." According to Kerr, "it says that if you accept that the NSA program violated FISA, then the claims in DOJ's letter as to why the AUMF or Article II trump FISA are relatively weak. . .The CRS report is appropriately cautious." The Washington Post story on the report is clever. It focuses on CRS's disagreement with arguments contained in a Justice Department letter to Congress, and ignores what Kerr sees as the...
  • NewsMax Poll: Bush Justified in Wiretapping

    01/08/2006 6:42:55 AM PST · by infocats · 14 replies · 848+ views
    NewsMax e-mail | January 8th. 2006
    Americans overwhelmingly support President Bush's authorization to the National Security Agency to tap the private conversations of U.S. citizens to search for evidence of terrorist activity, an exclusive poll reveals. In one of the largest responses to a NewsMax poll ever, more than 150,000 people across the Internet have made their opinions known about this controversy. And they resoundingly say that the President was justified in taking this action to protect America. Here is a breakdown of the poll results for several key questions: 1) Has President Bush been justified in tapping the conversation of U.S. citizens? Justified -...
  • Clinton Scheme Gave Iran Nuke Blueprints(Is anyone surprised?)

    01/07/2006 10:21:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 2,486+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 07, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    In a hairbrained scheme that was personally approved by then-President Clinton, the CIA deliberately gave Iranian physicists blueprints for part of a nuclear bomb that likely helped Tehran advance its nuclear weapons development program. The allegation, detailed in the new book "State of War," by New York Times reporter James Risen, comes as the Iranian nuclear crisis appears to be coming to a head, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urging that Israel be "wiped off the map" and his government announcing last week that it will resume uranium enrichment on Monday. Reports Risen: "It's not clear who originally came up...
  • NSA chief not concerned by congressional inquiries

    01/07/2006 10:33:31 AM PST · by Bullitt · 15 replies · 523+ views
    Yahoo.Com ^ | 1/6/2006 | Reuters
    "Media coverage surmises that administration and agency officials may have acted unlawfully -- notions I reject, categorically!" NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander assured agency employees in a December 22 message.
  • Get Your Laws Off My Al Qaida

    01/06/2006 2:56:07 PM PST · by hundred_percent · 6 replies · 793+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2005 | Robert F. Turner
    In the continuing saga of the surveillance "scandal," with some congressional Democrats denouncing President Bush as a lawbreaker and even suggesting that impeachment hearings may be in order, it is important to step back and put things in historical context. First of all, the Founding Fathers knew from experience that Congress could not keep secrets. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin and his four colleagues on the Committee of Secret Correspondence unanimously concluded that they could not tell the Continental Congress about covert assistance being provided by France to the American Revolution, because "we find by fatal experience that Congress consists of...
  • Clinton NSA Wiretapped Top Republican

    01/06/2006 8:21:05 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 116 replies · 9,262+ views ^ | Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 11:10 a.m. EST
    Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 11:10 a.m. EST Clinton NSA Wiretapped Top Republican During the 1990's under President Bill Clinton, the National Security Agency conducted random telecommunications surveillance of millions of phone calls daily under a top secret program known as Echelon. But according to at least two people familiar with the spy operation at the time, some of the surveillance was far from indiscriminate. In a February 2000 interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," NSA operator Margaret Newsham revealed that the agency's listening post in Great Britain was involved in monitoring the phone calls of at least one top Republican on...
  • Amanpour Unaware Of Eavesdropping

    01/06/2006 9:05:35 AM PST · by toddlintown · 80 replies · 2,828+ views
    TVNewser ^ | 1-05-06 | Various
    Amanpour Unaware Of Eavesdropping Responding to this post, a CNN spokesperson released the following statement: "Neither CNN nor Christiane Amanpour is aware of alleged eavesdropping by the government on Ms. Amanpour and we are unable to confirm this story. We are looking into it." >
  • FISA Gotcha!

    01/05/2006 4:30:45 AM PST · by mal · 5 replies · 1,193+ views
    What if President Bush had actually gone to the court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? Imagine if, instead of relying on his own constitutional authority, he had done the thing his detractors now insist he should have done. That is, what if he had actually gone to the FISA court and requested authorization to eavesdrop on Americans suspected of helping al Qaeda wage its terrorist war against the United States? Now, let's suppose the same brave, anonymous "whistleblowers" — in the same sort of flagrant violation of federal law and of the oath of confidentiality they gave...
  • Now Judges Are Leaking

    01/05/2006 4:59:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies · 1,687+ views
    National Review ^ | 01-05-06 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    January 05, 2006, 3:59 p.m. Now Judges Are Leaking FISA judges discuss NSA surveillance with the Washington Post. On Thursday morning, the Washington Post published an article ("Surveillance Court Is Seeking Answers — Judges Were Unaware of Eavesdropping") that is jaw-dropping in the matter-of-factness with which reports on an outrageous impropriety by at least two FISA court judges. The backdrop is that of the eleven judges who sit on the special court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, only one, Chief Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, was briefed by administration officials about the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping program prior to its...
  • Spying, CNN and the Kerry campaign: Is there a there there? [Did GW spy on CNN reporter & Kerry?]

    01/05/2006 12:43:20 PM PST · by summer · 110 replies · 3,395+ views
    Salon - Politics/War Room ^ | Jan 5, 2006 | Tim Grieve
    It gets curiouser and curiouser. As we noted Wednesday, [a liberal site] noticed an odd moment in Andrea Mitchell's interview this week with New York Times reporter James Risen: While interviewing Risen about his new book and revelations that George W. Bush authorized warrantless spying on American citizens, Mitchell asked Risen if he had any information suggesting that CNN's international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, "might have been eavesdropped upon." Risen said he didn't. But as [the liberal site] surmised, the question certainly suggested that Mitchell did. Right about the time the [liberal site's] theory started floating through the blogosphere, somebody deleted...
  • NSA whistleblower asks to testify

    01/05/2006 11:02:53 AM PST · by Ronald Goldwater · 45 replies · 2,220+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 01/05/2006 | Bill Gertz
    NSA Whistleblower Asks to Testify By Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published January 5, 2006 "I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and with the Defense Intelligence Agency," Mr. Tice stated in the Dec. 16 letters, copies of which were obtained by The Washington Times. ...Read the full story here.The lid is about to blow. -30-