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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...