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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: http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/warrantless-wiretaps-can-continue-court/20061004155009990022?_ccc=4&cid=842
  • 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
    capitalnews.org ^ | 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 [MoveOn.org............]

    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 CNSNews.com Senior Editor September 19, 2006 (CNSNews.com) - 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." MoveOn.org'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 (jnghn@donga.com lightee@donga.com) 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
    pbs.org ^ | May 23, 2006 | Pbs.org
    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.
  • Judge: U.S. Rules Enabling Internet Wiretaps 'Gobbledygook'

    05/06/2006 8:03:23 AM PDT · by Imnotalib · 68 replies · 2,444+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-6-06 | AP
    A U.S. appeals panel sharply challenged the Bush administration Friday over new rules making it easier for police and the FBI to wiretap Internet phone calls. A judge said the government's courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook." The skepticism expressed so openly toward the administration's case encouraged civil liberties and education groups that argued that the U.S. is improperly applying telephone-era rules to a new generation of Internet services. "Your argument makes no sense," U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission, Jacob Lewis. "When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm...
  • America’s Next Nuclear Threat

    04/26/2006 10:57:22 PM PDT · by seastay · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Future Brief ^ | Wed 26-Apr-2006, | New Global Initiatives, Inc.
    We asked our readers, “If you could poll the American people, what would you ask?” Our readers responded and Future Brief is pleased to announce the results of a national poll gauging public opinion on a variety of issues. This week, our results examine the American public’s opinion on who poses the greatest nuclear threat to the United States. As well, we examine whether people are more worried about the threat of terrorists attacking the United States, or losing personal privacy. The poll of more than 13,000 Americans was conducted by Zogby International, one of America’s leading opinion research organizations....
  • EFF: AT&T forwards all Internet traffic into NSA

    04/07/2006 6:57:10 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 102 replies · 3,389+ views
    www.spamdailynews.com ^ | April 07, 2006 | spamdailynews
    EFF: AT&T forwards all Internet traffic into NSA April 07, 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday filed the legal briefs and evidence supporting its motion for a preliminary injunction in its class-action lawsuit against AT&T. After asking EFF to hold back the documents so that it could review them, the Department of Justice consented to EFF's filing them under seal -- a well-established procedure that prohibits public access and permits only the judge and the litigants to see the evidence. While not a party to the case, the government was concerned that even this procedure would not provide...
  • The Donkeys and security

    03/31/2006 7:50:12 PM PST · by DallasMike · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 31, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Last week, the Democratic Party unveiled its new Campaign 2006 theme:  Real Security: The Democratic Plan to Protect America and Restore Our Leadership in the World. Yep, the Donks are saying that they're the party who will keep us safe. If the Donks are so good about security, then why didn't they do anything about terrorism in the 1990s? The answer is that Clinton is good at dropping things -- he dropped his trousers at internists and dropped the ball on terrorism. White House interns weren't very secure at all around Sir Grope-A-Lot.On February 26, 1993, a terrorist cell headed...
  • Live Thread -- Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Censure Resolution of Bush on NSA Surveillance

    03/31/2006 7:19:42 AM PST · by TomGuy · 358 replies · 12,537+ views
    CSPAN ^ | March 31, 2006
    Now showing on CSPAN 1 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Censuring the President for NSA Surveillance
  • Congressman Loses Appeal in Phone Taping

    03/28/2006 11:33:47 AM PST · by P-40 · 47 replies · 1,300+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/28/2006 | Matthew Daly
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago. In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court ruling that McDermott violated the rights of House Majority Leader John Boehner, who was heard on the 1996 call involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The lower court had ordered McDermott to pay Boehner more than $700,000 for leaking the taped conversation. The figure includes $60,000 in damages and at least $600,000 in legal costs....
  • Kennedy, Reed won't rule out censure (of President Bush)

    03/26/2006 4:02:33 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 28 replies · 1,155+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2006 | AP
    Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush has limited support, but two New England Democrats said on Sunday that they won't rule it out. Feingold's resolution would censure the president for authorizing a warrantless surveillance program, which the Wisconsin Democrat contends is illegal. Co-sponsors are Democratic Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Barbara Boxer of California. Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy agreed that it is too early to consider censure. He would not, however, rule out voting for such a measure if the Bush administration stonewalls a congressional investigation. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said the issue deserves a "hard...
  • Fed-up patriots unite against Jimmy Carter

    03/25/2006 2:33:31 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 35 replies · 2,417+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 03/24/2007 | Melanie Morgan
    ..... Posted: March 24, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com Last week, I wrote in this column that if the members of Congress had an itchy finger to censure someone, they should start by censuring an individual who has routinely sought to undermine U.S. foreign policy interests. That man is the disgraced former President Jimmy Carter. This week, I am pleased to announce that the "Censure Jimmy Carter" campaign is now up and running in response to your outcry for action. You can sign the petition to compel Congress to pass a resolution censuring Carter at the website www.CensureCarter.com....
  • Bush building straw men

    03/23/2006 10:45:53 AM PST · by baldeagle390 · 17 replies · 746+ views
    Like any other controversial subject, the Iraq war has produced its share of half-truths, deliberate or unintended distortions and inflated claims and counterclaims. It would be naive to expect the environment produced by this war to be completely free of political pollution. But it is not too much to expect our political leaders to avoid the worst forms of distortion and slander - the sort of thing President Bush descended to at his news conference on Tuesday. On March 13, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) introduced a Senate resolution to censure Bush, arguing that the president authorized an illegal program to...
  • Pellicano Wiretap Witness Admits Scheme (HILLARY'S pi)

    03/18/2006 1:01:09 PM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 772+ views
    L A TIMES ^ | March 19, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Andrew Blankstein,
    A Valencia businessman admitted Friday to conspiring with Anthony Pellicano to illegally dig up information about a teenager who had accused him of sexual assault, becoming the latest witness cooperating in the federal probe of the indicted private eye. "I hired Mr. Pellicano because he told me he could listen in" to the young woman's phone calls, a shaken George Kalta, 37, told U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, as he entered his guilty plea. "That was the only reason I hired Mr. Pellicano." The plea makes Kalta the fourth person to acknowledge that they hired — or helped —...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 3-13-2006

    03/13/2006 5:37:00 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 226+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-13-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Now Senator Feingold is trying to censure the Pres'dent for spying He hasn't a clue The charge isn't true But that don't keep moonbats from trying!
  • Top Secret

    03/05/2006 10:10:34 PM PST · by Greg o the Navy · 68 replies · 1,700+ views
    Power Line ^ | 5 Mar 2006 | unattributed
    One of the deepest secrets in the exposure of the National Security Agency surveillance of al Qaeda-related conversations by the New York Times is that the publication of the story is itself a crime. Publication of the story violates, for example, one highly specific provision (18 U.S.C. section 798) of the Espionage Act that prohibits the disclosure of communications intelligence. Violation of the statute is a felony punishable by imprisonment up to ten years.
  • Constitutional Surveillance (Listening in on our enemies has never been against the law)

    02/28/2006 7:48:01 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 652+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 6, 2006 | Victoria Toensing
    In the aftermath of the New York Times's illegal disclosure of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the Senate now debates whether to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the law that formulates a procedure for the president to obtain warrants to wiretap foreign individuals and entities within the United States. The senators claim they are considering such legislation not to bury the NSA program, but to save it. It's time for a legal primer on the Constitution and national security law.In Article II, the Constitution establishes the president as commander in chief. As such he has inherent authority...
  • Anti-wire tap vigil in San Francisco features Lady Liberty (& ACLU,Code Pink,Raging Grannies,MoveOn)

    02/24/2006 11:05:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 434+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/24/06 | Ian Thomas
    SAN FRANCISCO - A woman clad in a shiny silver costume, complete with a Lady Liberty hat, fell to her knees and rolled onto the concrete floor of San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza in front of about 80 people on Feb. 22 while the crowd cried “don't give up! Then a man in a white doctor's coat came along with other women dressed in bright colored granny gear passionately reciting the Bill of Rights, gradually reviving Vicki Leidner, of San Francisco, with fake blood on her face, from her mock affliction. The crowd giggled and joined in reciting. The street...
  • Feds Mistakenly Turned Over Secret Papers

    02/16/2006 4:13:12 PM PST · by ivyleaguebrat · 77 replies · 5,374+ views
    BREITBART.COM/AP ^ | 2/16/2006
    Federal prosecutors and investigators in Dallas acknowledged in court documents that they mistakenly gave defense lawyers information about the inner-workings of secretive counterterrorism investigations. It took federal officials four months to discover that in April they had turned over secret court applications for wiretaps, which often have sensitive information from U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies, according to court papers that were unsealed this week. The materials were given to lawyers for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and seven of its senior officers, who have been indicted on charges they illegally funneled millions of dollars to support the...
  • US Eavesdropping, Wiretapping, and Politics

    02/18/2006 8:57:43 AM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 4 replies · 383+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | February 18, 2006 | J. B. Williams
    I’ll begin by stating for the record that I am not an expert on counter-terrorism, intelligence operations or national security, which makes me just like 99.9% of those speaking out on these topics today, including too many purely partisan politicians eager to politicize all of it in search of recently elusive political power. Let me also establish the fact that few in America are more concerned with the rate at which we are certainly losing our freedoms and liberties than I am. I write about it all the time. But the American people are now being told that the current...
  • Semi-News: Man Accused of Bridge Plot Wants Case Thrown Out

    02/13/2006 11:17:55 PM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 117+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 10 Feb 2006 | John Semmens
    A lawyer for an Ohio trucker convicted of plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge is asking a federal judge to throw out the case on the grounds that the government illegally spied on him. “My client was unfairly caught through an illegal wiretap,” said Attorney David Smith, who is handling Faris' case. “The fact that he was intending to blow the Brooklyn Bridge does not excuse the government’s invasion of his sacred right to privacy.” Faris pleaded guilty in 2003 to conspiracy and aiding and abetting terrorism, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. “I never would’ve admitted my...
  • Judge Gives U.S. Wiretap Response Deadline (Appointed by William Jefferson Clinton in 1993)

    02/09/2006 4:20:05 PM PST · by johnmecainrino · 33 replies · 751+ views
    AP ^ | Febuary 9, 2006
    Judge Gives U.S. Wiretap Response Deadline COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge gave the government two months to respond to an Ohio trucker's request that his terrorism conviction be thrown out on the grounds that the government illegally spied on him. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema cited "the potentially weighty issues raised in the defendant's motion" in an order Wednesday that set a 60-day timetable for the government to respond to Iyman Faris' arguments. Faris' challenge is among the first to seek evidence of warrantless electronic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, a practice that began after the Sept....
  • Court Closes FBI Case Arguments to Public

    04/21/2005 8:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 751+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/5 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court turned aside efforts to open to the public closed-door arguments Thursday in the case of a fired FBI contractor who alleged there were security breaches and misconduct at the bureau. Sibel Edmonds is seeking to revive her lawsuit against the government. It was thrown out of U.S. District Court when the Bush administration invoked the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to withhold information to safeguard national security. Edmonds says she was dismissed from her job as a wiretap translator because she told superiors she suspected a co-worker was leaking information to targets...
  • White House to lash out at media coverage of terror surveillance

    02/05/2006 7:44:02 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 40 replies · 1,352+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2006 | Edward Alden and Christopher Swann
    The Bush administration will tell the Senate today that the National Security Agency's programme for terrorist surveillance has been badly distorted by media reports, and that the scheme is a strictly limited one aimed at al-Qaeda members and affiliated groups. In the first Senate hearing on the controversial programme, which was set up secretly in 2002 and revealed publicly in December, Alberto Gonzales, the attorney-general, will say that the press accounts "are in almost every case, in one way or another, misinformed, confused or wrong," according to Time magazine, which has obtained documents outlining the planned testimony. "Contrary to the...
  • ‘I can’t wait to get to prison’- (Newspaper listens in to phone conversations)

    02/05/2006 7:32:23 AM PST · by jmq · 32 replies · 1,332+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Feb 5, 2006 | JUDY L. THOMAS
    Posted on Sun, Feb. 05, 2006 ‘I can’t wait to get to prison’ AUDIO Father of missing children defiant By JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star The Independence man whose two children disappeared 20 months ago says he would rather die than reveal to authorities and his ex-wife what he did with them. “Let ’em think that they’re dead,” said Daniel Porter, in a recent telephone call from jail. “That way they don’t have to worry so much about finding them. … I’d rather die than give them the satisfaction.” On the eve of Porter’s kidnapping trial, The Kansas...
  • Celebrity sleuth Pellicano re-arrested in Calif (PI that Hillary denies she knows, re: Flowers)

    02/04/2006 6:54:13 PM PST · by AliVeritas · 29 replies · 1,091+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-4-2006 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano, freed from prison on Friday after serving 2 1/2 years for firearms offenses, was immediately arrested again in a federal wiretap investigation closely watched in Hollywood. The charges were contained in sealed court documents that will be made public when Pellicano, 61, is arraigned on Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, said Inspector Jimell Griffin, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. The former private detective whose clients have included Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Michael Jackson, has been quoted as vowing never to betray his high-profile...
  • What the 'rule of law' requires (NSA terrorism surveillance)

    02/04/2006 2:00:39 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 575+ views
    Daily Press ^ | Feb. 4, 2006 | ALAN J. MEESE
    The revelation that the National Security Agency is spying on Americans suspected of aiding al-Qaida has caused some to accuse President Bush of ignoring the "rule of law." Gore, Leahy and Bush's other critics are dead wrong. The NSA surveillance is a valid exercise of the president's authority to gather intelligence necessary to prevent attacks within the United States, attacks Congress has authorized the president to pre-empt and deter. FISA and similar constraints on the president would offend the Constitution, contravene the rule of law and make us less secure. "The law" binding the president includes the Constitution, which trumps...
  • Howard Dean’s Egregious Comments on Terrorist Surveillance

    02/03/2006 5:13:43 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 19 replies · 1,043+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | February 3, 2006 | Senator Pat Roberts
    I was recently apprised of your assessment of the President’s terrorist surveillance program – an “early warning” capability to intercept the international communications of al Qaeda terrorists to and from persons within the United States. With respect to this important program, you stated, “President Bush’s secret program to spy on the American people reminds Americans of the abuse of power during the dark days of President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.” As Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, I find your statements to be irrational and irresponsible. Any suggestion that a program designed to track the movement, locations,...
  • Senate Intelligence Chairman: Bush Can Spy

    02/03/2006 2:13:42 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 73 replies · 1,863+ views
    AP ^ | 2-3-06 | PETE YOST
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Friday the Bush administration's domestic spying is within the president's inherent power under the Constitution, and he rejected criticism that Congress was kept in the dark about it. The program is "legal, necessary and reasonable," the Kansas Republican wrote in a 19-page letter, taking a particularly expansive view of the president's authority for the warrantless surveillance. "Congress, by statute, cannot extinguish a core constitutional authority of the president," Roberts wrote. Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush have intercepted communications to ascertain enemy threats to national security, Roberts told the chairman and...
  • EFF's Class-Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaboration with Illegal Domestic Spying Program

    01/31/2006 5:25:23 PM PST · by rit · 25 replies · 584+ views
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications. In December of 2005, the press revealed that the government had instituted a comprehensive and warrantless electronic surveillance program that ignored the careful safeguards set forth by Congress. This surveillance program, purportedly authorized by the President at least as early as 2001 and primarily undertaken by the NSA, intercepts and analyzes...
  • The War Against the War on Terrorism - Stoking the NSA wiretap flames

    01/27/2006 6:01:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 497+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/27/06 | J.F. Kelly,Jr.
    The furor being generated in Congress and in the media over what is being termed the wiretap scandal has George W. Bush’s political opponents salivating. This is the issue that they hope can further discredit the administration and prepare the way for Republican defeats in the coming congressional elections. Their glee over having a cause celebre that has about half of Americans worried about abuse of power by the executive branch and intrusions into their privacy knows no bounds. Hilary Clinton departed from her new kinder, gentler image to pronounce the Bush presidency the worst ever. Big Al Gore, inventor...
  • Bush to Tout Surveillance Program at NSA Headquarters

    01/25/2006 10:11:37 AM PST · by Pragmatic_View · 6 replies · 446+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | FoxNews
    President Bush on Wednesday will try to boost the morale of National Security Agency workers carrying out his controversial eavesdropping program. While critics call it a domestic spying program, the White House calls it a "terrorist surveillance program." After receiving harsh criticism from civil liberties groups and Democrats when news of the program was leaked by The New York Times, defending the program is a top priority of the Bush administration. The president on Wednesday will visit behind closed doors with employees of the super-secretive agency — which traditionally conducts only overseas surveillance. He will then make some remarks to...
  • Bush to visit NSA in defense of domestic spying

    01/20/2006 1:21:22 PM PST · by flixxx · 15 replies · 391+ views
    msnbc from ap ^ | 1 20 06 | ap
    Updated: 2:21 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2006 WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is opening a campaign to push back against criticism of its domestic spying program, ahead of congressional hearings into whether President Bush has the legal authority to eavesdrop on Americans. President Bush will visit the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday, underscoring his claim that he has the constitutional authority to let intelligence officials listen in on international phone calls of Americans with suspected ties to terrorists. “We are stepping up our efforts to educate the American people,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said about Bush’s trip...
  • Reality check(more liberal hysteria: 'Restrain Bush the Dictator, Gore is a hero')

    01/19/2006 9:00:48 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 21 replies · 770+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 19, 2006 | opinion
    Shortly after he came to power, Benito Mussolini was able to bring about some improvements in Italian railway punctuality, but these gains were limited and they were allowed to lapse after a few years. He didn't really make the trains run on time. But he gave rise, nonetheless, to an enduring myth - that it takes strong and unfettered executive power to get things done. And like every myth, this one has a little bit of truth to it - but the question to ask is, just what sort of things? Strong and unfettered leaders like to think they are...