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  • Senate OKs immunity for telecoms [the Senate rejected by a vote of 31 to 67 an amendment.....]

    02/12/2008 8:52:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies · 71+ views
    Senate OKs immunity for telecoms By PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago The Senate voted Tuesday to shield from lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without court permission after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. After nearly two months of stops and starts, the Senate rejected by a vote of 31 to 67 an amendment that would have stripped a grant of retroactive immunity to the companies. President Bush has promised to veto any new surveillance bill that does not protect the companies that helped the government in its warrantless wiretapping program. About 40...
  • Wiretap case against lawyer under advisement

    01/29/2008 4:39:23 PM PST · by secretagent · 7 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | January 29, 2008 | David E. Frank
    Attorney Simon Glik, 31, was a defendant in Boston Municipal Court today as his lawyer, June E. Jensen of Wayland, asked a judge to dismiss wiretapping, disturbing-the-peace and aiding-a-prisoner-escape complaints, which were issued against him last fall. Jensen told Judge Mark H. Summerville that Glik was arrested in Boston on Oct. 1 for allegedly using his cell phone to record the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile in a drug case. She said the Moscow-born lawyer was walking through the Boston Common at 5:30 p.m. when he used his phone’s camera to videotape three police officers investigating the teen. “If you...
  • Bush Opens Wiretap Documents to House

    01/24/2008 10:15:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 75+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/24/8 | PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ending months of resistance, the White House has agreed to give House members access to secret documents about its warrantless wiretapping program, a congressional official said Thursday. The Bush administration is trying to convince the House to protect from civil lawsuits the telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on Americans without the approval of a court. Congress created the court 30 years ago to oversee such activities. House Intelligence and Judiciary committee members and staff will begin reading the documents at the White House Thursday, said an aide to Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas....
  • Bush's phone immunity bill wins Senate vote

    12/17/2007 5:08:20 PM PST · by xcamel · 90 replies · 1,088+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:50pm | By Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's demand for immunity for telephone companies that participated in his warrantless domestic spying program won an initial victory on Monday in the U.S. Senate. On a vote of 76-10, far more than the 60 needed, the Democratic-led Senate cleared a procedural hurdle and began considering a bill to increase congressional and judicial oversight of electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists. It includes a provision to grant retroactive immunity to any telecommunications company that took part in Bush's spying program -- surveillance without court warrants of e-mails and telephone calls of people in the United...
  • Spy Court Won't Release US Wiretap Docs

    12/11/2007 1:12:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 135+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's spy court said Tuesday that it will not make public its documents regarding the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in a rare public opinion, said the public has no right to view the documents because they deal with the clandestine workings of national security agencies. The American Civil Liberties Union asked the court to release the records in August. Specifically, the organization asked for the government's legal briefs and the court's opinions on the wiretapping program. Writing for the court, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates refused. Releasing the documents...
  • Prosecutors Eyeing Wiretap Problems

    09/21/2007 10:30:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 159+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/21/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is worried that a recent appeals court ruling could make it impossible to use wiretaps to investigate members of Congress in corruption cases. If so, that could extend to the ongoing investigation of Sen. Ted Steven, R-Alaska. The Associated Press recently reported that the FBI used an Alaskan oil contractor to tape phone conversations with the powerful senator as part of a corruption sting. In court documents filed last week, government attorneys asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider last month's decision regarding the FBI raid...
  • Looking for a Leaker (FBI raids the home of possible FISA leaker)

    08/07/2007 11:23:17 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 21 replies · 1,505+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug 7, 2007 | Michael Isikoff
    The controversy over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer. The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm's desktop computer, two of his children's laptops and a cache of personal files. Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two legal sources who asked not...
  • House Approves Foreign Wiretap Bill

    08/05/2007 6:13:15 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Associated Press/Peoplepc Online ^ | August 5, 2007 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - The House handed President Bush a victory Saturday, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States. The 227-183 vote, which followed the Senate's approval Friday, sends the bill to Bush for his signature.
  • House approves foreign wiretap bill (227-183 vote)

    08/04/2007 8:35:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies · 3,920+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/07 | Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON - The House handed President Bush a victory Saturday, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States. The 227-183 vote, which followed the Senate's approval Friday, sends the bill to Bush for his signature. He had urged Congress to approve it, saying Saturday, "Protecting America is our most solemn obligation." The administration said the measure is needed to speed the National Security Agency's ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications involving foreign nationals "reasonably believed to be outside the United States." Civil liberties groups and...
  • Judges OK warrantless monitoring of Web use

    07/09/2007 6:36:26 AM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 677+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 07 July 2007 | Bob Egelko
    Privacy rules don't apply to Internet messages, court says Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In a drug case from San Diego County, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco likened computer surveillance to the "pen register" devices that officers use to pinpoint the phone numbers a suspect dials, without listening to the phone calls themselves. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of pen registers in 1979, saying callers have...
  • State Department funds Mexican wiretap system

    05/01/2007 7:14:15 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 307+ views
    Government Security News ^ | March 07 Edition | Jacob Goodwin
    With the help of the U.S. Government and a U.S.-based technology company, the Government of Mexico plans to install a communications interception system that would enable its federal investigations agency to monitor and record any landline, cellular or voice over IP telephone call made anywhere in Mexico, in an effort to thwart narcotics trafficking and terrorism. On February 23, the U.S. State Department awarded a contract worth nearly $3 million to Verint Technology, Inc., of Melville, NY, to install the multi-faceted interception system for Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Investigacions, or AFI, which will include a monitoring center located at AFI’s...
  • Courts Side With NSA On Wiretaps

    12/26/2006 5:01:08 AM PST · by Laverne · 15 replies · 1,408+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 26, 2006 | By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
    Defense lawyers who had hoped that the public disclosure a year ago of the National Security Agency's wiretapping program would yield information favorable to their clients are being rebuffed by the federal judiciary, which in a series of unusually consistent rulings has rejected efforts by terrorism suspects to access the records. In at least 17 criminal cases, federal district judges nominated to the federal bench by presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush have ruled against requests to force the government to tell defendants, most accused of terrorism-related crimes, whether the NSA eavesdropped on them without a...
  • Key lawmaker calls spy program illegal. Harman is now criticizing Bush's policies

    12/02/2006 4:01:29 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 42 replies · 1,056+ views
    SFC ^ | Dec. 2, 2006 | Jim Doyle
    Rep. Jane Harman, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told a gathering of the American Bar Association on Friday that the Bush administration's secret wiretapping program for suspected terrorists is illegal. Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County), who has become increasingly critical of President Bush's policies in recent months after her initial support for the Iraq war and her defense of the Patriot Act, also blasted the administration for refusing to provide legal opinions and authorizations for its wiretap program, interrogations policy and detentions of accused terrorists. "The administration has too often operated under vague legal guidelines, pursuant to...
  • Next Chairman for Intelligence (Reyes) Opposed War

    12/02/2006 9:59:45 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 826+ views
    NYT ^ | Dec. 2, 2006 | MARK MAZZETTI and JEFF ZELENY
    Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee. Mrs. Pelosi chose him over Ms. Harman in part because he has repeatedly taken a more combative stance toward Bush administration policies like the invasion of Iraq, military tribunals for terrorist suspects, and the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program. Mr. Reyes voted against authorizing President Bush to go to war with Iraq, and in June he said...
  • 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.
  • Judge: U.S. Rules Enabling Internet Wiretaps 'Gobbledygook'

    05/06/2006 8:03:23 AM PDT · by Imnotalib · 68 replies · 2,444+ views ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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
  • 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...