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  • Bye-Bye to Secret Spy Program?

    11/20/2006 9:04:33 PM PST · by Starman417 · 46 replies · 1,329+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 11/19/06 | Liz Halloran
    Republicans who limped back to Washington for a lame duck congressional session last week found a host of marching orders from President Bush, but perhaps none more urgent than this: Before Democrats take control of Congress in January, they must pass legislation authorizing the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program. His plea for a legislative stamp of approval on the controversial spy effort is an "important priority in the war on terror," Bush said. The response: deafening silence. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist quickly dispatched aides to put out the word on Bush's request: Not gonna happen. Outgoing Senate Judiciary...
  • Dick Morris and David Bossie Unveil New “Wiretap” Ad: Dem Weakness in Fighting Terrorism

    11/04/2006 1:08:01 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 72 replies · 2,172+ views
    CItizens United ^ | Oct. 30, 2006 | Stephen Manfredi
    Citizens United, a prominent Washington-based conservative grassroots advocacy organization and its affiliated Political Victory Fund are unveiling a major campaign advertisement targeting Democrats for their staunch opposition to the NSA Wiretap program which authorizes the interception of international communications of people with known links to terrorist groups. The ad, which was produced by political strategist Dick Morris and Citizens United president David Bossie, premiered on FOX News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes and will be seen nationwide on FOX News Channel in the days before the November 7 th mid-term elections. “A Democratic Congress would jeopardize our national security and reverse...
  • Warrantless Wiretaps Can Continue, Court Says

    10/05/2006 5:39:09 AM PDT · by moonman · 3 replies · 269+ views
    AOL ^ | 10/05/2006 | Dan Seawell, AP
    The Bush administration can continue its warrantless domestic spying program while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court said. Here is the link:
  • House approves warrantless wiretap law

    09/29/2006 3:05:32 AM PDT · by EBH · 52 replies · 2,215+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/29/2006 | By LAURIE KELLMAN,
    WASHINGTON - The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists. "The Democrats' irrational opposition to strong national security policies that help keep our nation secure should be of great concern to the American people," Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement after the bill passed 232-191.
  • Freep a poll! (CSPAN. Wiretap if attack imminent?)

    09/20/2006 9:16:02 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies · 292+ views ^ | 9-20-06 | CSPAN
    Should Congress allow wiretapping without warrants on Americans when the President believes a terrorist attack is imminent? Yes 38% No 62% Total Votes: 498
  • Bill Would Remove Grounds for Impeachment, Bush Critics Suggest []

    09/19/2006 11:53:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 1,524+ views
    Bill Would Remove Grounds for Impeachment, Bush Critics Suggest By Susan Jones Senior Editor September 19, 2006 ( - A bill now pending in the Senate would make the Bush administration's enemy wiretapping program more practical and flexible, removing all doubt about its legality. But that worries some of Bush's fiercest critics. According to one anti-Bush group, the bill "would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans without warrants."'s political action committee has accused Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) of caving in to pressure when he introduced a bill that "justifies everything the president...
  • Al Qaeda Bugging Case Defines Election Stakes

    08/27/2006 5:22:28 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 1,281+ views
    Human Events ^ | Aug. 28, 2006 | Human Events
    In a nutshell, Judge Taylor claimed that under our Constitution, Hitchens’ right to never have his overseas telephone calls intercepted without a warrant trumps the right of Americans not to be blown to smithereens. The Constitution, however, says no such thing. The truth is, Democratic Presidents long before Bush conducted warrantless electronic surveillance for national security reasons—and every time the issue was reviewed by a federal appellate court, the court ruled for the President. In 2002, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review said: “The Truong court, as did all other courts to have decided the issue, held that...
  • Rove Defends Warrantless Surveillance

    08/24/2006 7:26:18 AM PDT · by oxcart · 17 replies · 553+ views
    AP via The Guardian ^ | 08/24/2006 | Unknown
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Presidential adviser Karl Rove criticized a federal judge's order for an immediate end to the government's warrantless surveillance program, saying Wednesday such a program might have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Rove said the government should be free to listen if al-Qaida is calling someone within the U.S. ``Imagine if we could have done that before 9/11. It might have been a different outcome,'' he said.
  • S. Korea: U.S. Patriot Act OKs Business Wiretaps(antitrust matters)

    07/18/2006 7:50:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 07/19/06 | Jung-Hun Kim & Jung-Eun Lee
    U.S. Patriot Act OKs Business Wiretaps JULY 19, 2006 03:01 by Jung-Hun Kim Jung-Eun Lee ( It has been found that when amending the Patriot Act this past March, the U.S. government added a clause permitting wiretaps and bugs for investigation of suspected antitrust law violations, such as price fixing. The revised law may cause significant damage to major Korean companies, the bulk of whose exports go to the U.S., as they could come under investigation on breaking antitrust laws by just making contact with competing firms. The Dong-A Ilbo confirmed the legislation data disclosed by the U.S. administration...
  • White House asks for dismissal of NSA wiretap suit

    07/11/2006 5:24:22 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 13 replies · 685+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2006 | Jui Chakravorty
    DETROIT (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program, arguing that defending the four-year-old wiretapping program in open court would risk national security. In arguments before U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit, the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday renewed its call for a court order that would force the government to suspend its program of intercepting without a court order the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens. But the U.S. Justice Department has asked federal judges in Detroit and New...
  • Freep This Poll! Civil Rights In Jeopardy?!

    07/06/2006 2:38:59 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 15 replies · 836+ views
    Has the federal government infringed upon U.S. citizens' privacy rights since 9/11? yes no
  • Man charged after videotaping police

    06/30/2006 3:27:36 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 104 replies · 3,580+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | Thursday, Jun. 29, 2006 | ANDREW WOLFE
    Article published Jun 29, 2006 Man charged after videotaping police By Andrew Wolfe Telegraph Staff NASHUA – A city man is charged with violating state wiretap laws by recording a detective on his home security camera, while the detective was investigating the man’s sons. Michael Gannon, 49, of 26 Morgan St., was arrested Tuesday night, after he brought a video to the police station to try to file a complaint against Detective Andrew Karlis, according to Gannon’s wife, Janet Gannon, and police reports filed in Nashua District Court. Police instead arrested Gannon, charging him with two felony counts of violating...
  • Biased Poll: Do You Mind the Gov't Monitoring Your Phone Calls?

    05/23/2006 12:17:30 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 41 replies · 852+ views ^ | May 23, 2006 |
    How's THIS for a loaded question? Do you mind the government monitoring your phone calls? Yes No Not Sure Sort of like: "When did you stop beating your wife?"
  • Loose lips, sink ships (about the NSA)

    05/21/2006 6:47:58 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 6 replies · 519+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 21, 2006 | Salena Zito
    Loose lips sink ships By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW When is it OK to sacrifice national security for personal gain or political one-upmanship? For the common-sense-challenged, the answer is: "Never." In the years since Sept. 11, an odd assembly of Capitol Hill-types, their staffers and disgruntled federal employees from myriad intelligence agencies have played the "gotcha game" with the White House's methods of protecting the citizenry.
  • The Real Crime

    05/20/2006 7:49:08 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 512+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 19, 2006 | IBD Editorial
    Intelligence: While phone companies deny providing phone lists to the feds, senators grill Bush's nominee for CIA director. After 9-11, would they prefer that government collect our phone numbers or our remains? After a Senate briefing on the National Security Agency's wiretapping of suspected terrorists' calls to their U.S. contacts, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold said he was "more convinced than ever . . . the program is illegal". NSA Director Michael Hayden, who's been nominated to head the CIA, defended not only the program's legality but its necessity. "When I had to make this personal decision in October 2001," he...
  • Yet Another Journalistic Fraud?

    05/16/2006 9:04:40 PM PDT · by jbamb · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Part-Time Pundit ^ | 5/16/06 | John Bambenek
    Have we been hoodwinked by another false story by the drive-by media? With both BellSouth and Verizon saying they know nothing and have never been contacted by the NSA or handed over any phone records, it looks increasingly possible these reliable anonymous sources that USA Today relied on either didn't know the facts or were intentionally misleading the reporters. Is this the next RatherGate? It appears another drive-by media attempt to discredit the President and advance the claim that Republicans are trying to usher in a new era of fascism has fallen flat on its face. Claims by USA Today...
  • Are Telephone Records Protected: Supreme Court Said "No" In 1979

    05/14/2006 2:21:04 PM PDT · by angkor · 74 replies · 1,785+ views
    Findlaw ^ | June 20, 1979 | US Supreme Court
    Are telephone records "private"? Are they "protected"? I'm no lawyer, but this sure does seem to blow the lid off of the MSM's rank duplicity on the NSA's monitoring programs. U.S. Supreme Court SMITH v. MARYLAND, 442 U.S. 735 (1979) 442 U.S. 735 SMITH v. MARYLAND. CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEALS OF MARYLAND. No. 78-5374. Argued March 28, 1979. Decided June 20, 1979. The telephone company, at police request, installed at its central offices a pen register to record the numbers dialed from the telephone at petitioner's home. Prior to his robbery trial, petitioner moved to suppress "all fruits...
  • Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping

    05/13/2006 10:25:37 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 1,004+ views
    NYT ^ | May 14, 2006 | SCOTT SHANE
    In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants in the hunt for terrorists, according to two senior intelligence officials. But N.S.A. lawyers, trained in the agency's strict rules against domestic spying and reluctant to approve any warrantless eavesdropping, insisted that it should be limited to communications into and out of the country, said the officials, who were granted anonymity to discuss the debate inside the Bush administration late in 2001. The N.S.A.'s position ultimately...
  • President's Radio Address (Al Qaeda is our enemy, and we want to know their plans)

    05/13/2006 8:03:55 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 22 replies · 581+ views
    The White House ^ | 5/13/06 | President Bush
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary May 13, 2006 President's Radio Address THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week I nominated General Mike Hayden to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The work of the CIA is essential to the security of the American people. The enemies who struck our Nation on September the 11th, 2001, intend to attack us again, and to defeat them, we must have the best possible intelligence. In Mike Hayden, the men and women of the CIA will have a strong leader who will support them as they work to...
  • Hayden considered pride of (Pittsburgh) North Side

    05/07/2006 10:17:18 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 7 replies · 403+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | May 7,2006 | David M. Brown
    Hayden considered pride of (Pittsburgh) North Side By David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 7, 2006 Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the U.S. armed forces who could be President Bush's choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is a highly intelligent and hard-working man who learned valuable lessons growing up in Pittsburgh, according to former teachers and a classmate.