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  • Surrendercrats Surrender On FISA Bill

    06/23/2008 10:04:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 116+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 23 2008 10:00 pm | AJStrata
    Boy, the spine sure has melted out of those Democrats! Was it really only just last week Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to fight the telecom amnesty element of the new FISA legislation that gave Bush everything he wanted and more to protect America from terrorist attack? When promoting how the House Dems caved on the FISA legislation, Obama made a promise I knew then was as fake as all his positions on key issues of the day: “Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance...
  • 28 charges dropped in wiretap case (Prosecution request, Pellicano still faces 35 charges)

    04/10/2008 10:46:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 56+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A federal judge granted a prosecution request Thursday to dismiss 28 charges against private investigator Anthony Pellicano and a co-defendant. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Saunders said the government made the request because some of the alleged victims weren't available to testify and other counts were redundant. More than 35 charges remain against Pellicano and former Los Angeles police Sgt. Mark Arneson. The dropped counts mostly involved wire fraud that authorities had alleged involved Arneson searching law enforcement databases for Pellicano. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer came as prosecutors prepared to end their portion of...
  • New wiretap bill would leave US vulnerable: White House

    03/11/2008 10:46:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 305+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/11/08 | AFP
    WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday said the House of Representatives was drawing up a new wiretap law that would hamper their job of protecting the people. The bill is a new attempt at reviving a post-September 11 law that expired last month allowing government spying on foreign telephone calls and electronic correspondence without first seeking a warrant. The White House and the Democrat-led Congress are at loggerheads over the issue of liability for telecommunications companies participating in the wiretap program. The House let the law expire on February...
  • Official: NY Gov Caught on Wiretap

    NEW YORK (AP) - A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement in a prostitution ring was caught on a federal wiretap. The official says Spitzer is identified in court papers as "Client 9," and the wiretap was part of an investigation that opened in the last few months. The official says the New York governor met last month with at least one woman in a Washington hotel. The law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for...
  • NY governor linked to prostitution ring (AP)

    03/10/2008 11:46:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 2,602+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/08 | AP
    NEW YORK - The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been involved in a prostitution ring. On its Web site, the newspaper cites an anonymous administration official as the source and says Spitzer was meeting with his top aides. Spitzer officials wouldn't immediately comment on the story to The Associated Press. An announcement was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at his Manhattan office.
  • Supreme Court Denies ACLU in Wiretap Case (nice!)

    02/19/2008 3:23:10 PM PST · by Nony · 10 replies · 82+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | February 19, 2008 | James Vicini
    ACLU denied, you know it's a good thing.
  • 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
    Masslawyersweekly.com ^ | 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...