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Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak
    #5121735 - 12/30/05 12:04 PM (16 years, 28 days ago)

Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak



By TONI LOCY, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday.

The officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, said the inquiry will focus on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Times revealed the existence of the program two weeks ago in a front-page story that acknowledged the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.

Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for The Times, said the paper will not comment on the investigation.

Revelation of the secret spying program unleashed a firestorm of criticism of the administration. Some critics accused the president of breaking the law by authorizing intercepts of conversations ? without prior court approval or oversight ? of people inside the United States and abroad who had suspected ties to al-Qaida or its affiliates.

The surveillance program, which Bush acknowledged authorizing, bypassed a nearly 30-year-old secret court established to oversee highly sensitive investigations involving espionage and terrorism.

Administration officials insisted that Bush has the power to conduct the warrantless surveillance under the Constitution's war powers provision. They also argued that Congress gave Bush the power to conduct such a secret program when it authorized the use of military force against terrorism in a resolution adopted within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Justice Department's investigation was being initiated after the agency received a request for the probe from the NSA.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been conducting a separate leak investigation to determine who in the administration leaked
CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the media in 2003.

Several reporters have been called to testify before a grand jury or to give depositions. New York Times reporter Judith Miller spent 85 days in jail, refusing to reveal her source, before testifying in the probe.

The administration's legal interpretation of the president's powers allowed the government to avoid requirements under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in conducting the warrantless surveillance.

The act established procedures that an 11-member court used in 2004 to oversee nearly 1,800 government applications for secret surveillance or searches of foreigners and U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism or espionage.

Congressional leaders have said they were not briefed four years ago, when the secret program began, as thoroughly as the administration has since contended.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said in an article printed last week on the op-ed page of The Washington Post that Congress explicitly denied a White House request for war-making authority in the United States.

"This last-minute change would have given the president broad authority to exercise expansive powers not just overseas ... but right here in the United States, potentially against American citizens," Daschle wrote.

Daschle was Senate Democratic leader at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington. He is now a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington think tank.

The administration formally defended its domestic spying program in a letter to Congress last week, saying the nation's security outweighs privacy concerns of individuals who are monitored.

In a letter to the chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees, the Justice Department said Bush authorized conducting electronic surveillance without first obtaining a warrant in an effort to thwart terrorist acts against the United States.

Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella acknowledged "legitimate" privacy interests. But he said those interests "must be balanced" against national security.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Catalysis]
    #5121917 - 12/30/05 12:53 PM (16 years, 28 days ago)

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the DNC and the NY Times newsroom right now.

Here will be the 'spin'..'Leaker' will be replaced with 'whistleblower'..Whistleblower Protection Act will be cited numerous times by democrat stratergists and MSM.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: lonestar2004]
    #5122956 - 12/30/05 04:53 PM (16 years, 27 days ago)

"ACLU Slams DOJ Investigation of NSA Whistleblower, Asks For Investigation To Be Called Off."



where was the ACLU on the Plame scam job???



http://stoptheaclu.com/archives/2005/12/...-be-called-off/


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: lonestar2004]
    #5123192 - 12/30/05 05:38 PM (16 years, 27 days ago)

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"ACLU Slams DOJ Investigation of NSA Whistleblower, Asks For Investigation To Be Called Off."

where was the ACLU on the Plame scam job???



I think the ACLU position is fairly simple: If no one's breaking any laws, secret activity should remain secret, or "need to know". If laws ARE being broken, then that should be corrected.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5123394 - 12/30/05 06:14 PM (16 years, 27 days ago)

But no laws were being broken - in this case


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: SourceLimit]
    #5123927 - 12/30/05 08:43 PM (16 years, 27 days ago)

Can't stand it when WE call you on your bullshit eh redneck?


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: lwm]
    #5124058 - 12/30/05 09:31 PM (16 years, 27 days ago)

First of all, any legal scholar will tell you that the legality of this is unclear and the SC hasn't ruled on it, but precedent has been set previously by other presidents. Second, we don't flame here.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Catalysis]
    #5128948 - 01/01/06 06:18 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Precedent has been set previously by other presidents.



I believe this was shown not to be the case in this thread:

The Top 12 Media Myths and Falsehoods on the Wiretapping, By Media Matters.org

Rather than posting a link to dozens of "related" cases, why don't you (or anyone else who believes precedent has been set for domestic spying without a warrant) just post their "favorite" case which demonstrates this.  :wink:


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Catalysis]
    #5128964 - 01/01/06 06:25 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

put in a nutshell..bush&co are saying that it is an act of treason not to permit them to break the law...


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Annapurna1]
    #5129398 - 01/01/06 09:57 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

Agreed.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5129490 - 01/01/06 10:47 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

The NSA did nothing illegal, nor did Bush.

Those who leaked the existence of the program, on the other hand, unquestionably did something illegal.



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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5129550 - 01/01/06 11:10 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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The NSA did nothing illegal, nor did Bush.



Maybe you missed the threads about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)??? FISA makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance, except as "authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order." (link)
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Those who leaked the existence of the program, on the other hand, unquestionably did something illegal.



Is it illegal to report illegal activity???


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5129584 - 01/01/06 11:25 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

Yes, because you can't expose Presidential misconduct during war time. Conveniently for the President, it will always be war time because the "war on terror" will never end.








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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5129602 - 01/01/06 11:33 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5130469 - 01/02/06 07:10 AM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Maybe you missed the threads about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)???




Maybe you missed my posts in this thread -- http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5099465/an/0/page/2 , specifically my last post in the thread.

Congress cannot reduce the power constitutionally granted to the Executive any more than the Executive can reduce the power constitutionally granted to Congress. The Executive branch of the US government has the Constitutional obligation to defend the people of the United States during times of war. This defense of course extends to the surveillance of enemy belligerents, including their communications.

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FISA makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance, except as "authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order.




Incorrect. There are dozens of well-recognized situations where warrantless searches are allowed. However, in the case of situations where FISA applies, warrants have been obtained. Over 5,000 of them since 2002.

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Is it illegal to report illegal activity???




Since what the president and NSA were doing is not illegal, the question has no relevance. However, exposing classified information in war time is illegal. No way to slice or dice that one. Some people are facing some heavy jail time for these revelations.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Redstorm]
    #5130473 - 01/02/06 07:13 AM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...




It is a matter of firmly settled case law that the operative word here is "unreasonable". It is not unreasonable to listen to the communications of enemy belligerents in time of war.



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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5130588 - 01/02/06 10:09 AM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Maybe you missed my posts in this thread -- http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5099465/an/0/page/2 , specifically my last post in the thread.

Congress cannot reduce the power constitutionally granted to the Executive any more than the Executive can reduce the power constitutionally granted to Congress. The Executive branch of the US government has the Constitutional obligation to defend the people of the United States during times of war. This defense of course extends to the surveillance of enemy belligerents, including their communications.



I caught that and already replied to it. If you believe your own source, it read:

"There is one relevant constitutional provision that acts as a restraint on the President's inherent power as Commander in Chief. That is the Fourth Amendment..."

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FISA makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance, except as "authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order.




Incorrect. There are dozens of well-recognized situations where warrantless searches are allowed.



Once again, I replied to that as well. You provided not one example of a case in which domestic searches without a warrant was considered legal. All of them either showed domestic searches to be illegal, or they showed foreign searches to be legal. That's it. Hence my challenge in this thread to pick your BEST case showing domestic spying to be legal. No one's answered the challenge.
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However, in the case of situations where FISA applies, warrants have been obtained. Over 5,000 of them since 2002.



No one has an issue when a warrant was obtained.

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Since what the president and NSA were doing is not illegal, the question has no relevance. However, exposing classified information in war time is illegal. No way to slice or dice that one. Some people are facing some heavy jail time for these revelations.



It's been sliced and diced twice now. I'm still waiting for you or anyone else to provide your favorite case proving that domestic spying has a legal precedent. Not detention, not foreign spying. No one's done that yet. Is it perhaps because there really is no "slam dunk" precedent cases???

(Don't forget to read my reply to your post that you just linked to.)


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5130594 - 01/02/06 10:21 AM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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It is a matter of firmly settled case law that the operative word here is "unreasonable". It is not unreasonable to listen to the communications of enemy belligerents in time of war.



Here I agree with you. To date that precedent only applies to foreign belligerents. If I'm wrong, show me the precedent case.

Mind you, I don't have an issue with domestic spying if it's done with a search warrant per US Law (FISA) and the US constitution.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5130800 - 01/02/06 12:26 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Hence my challenge in this thread to pick your BEST case showing domestic spying to be legal.




As far as I know, eavesdropping by the NSA and POTUS on international calls during wartime has never been brought before a court so you can probably stop asking.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5131021 - 01/02/06 02:27 PM (16 years, 25 days ago)

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Phred said:
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...




It is a matter of firmly settled case law that the operative word here is "unreasonable". It is not unreasonable to listen to the communications of enemy belligerents in time of war.





Good for us our government is spending intelligence on PETA and various other nonprofits. Obviously, the war against animal cruelty directly conflicts with the war on terror. I know PETA members are annoying, but when did they become classified as enemy belligerents? :smirk:


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Redstorm]
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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5132411 - 01/02/06 08:30 PM (16 years, 24 days ago)

Falcon91Wolvrn03 writes:

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"There is one relevant constitutional provision that acts as a restraint on the President's inherent power as Commander in Chief. That is the Fourth Amendment..."




Yes, I know that. As has been pointed out (in this thread and in the other) the key word in the amendment is "unreasonable". Good luck convincing anyone that listening in to the conversations of the enemy in time of war qualifies as "unreasonable" -- especially if the enemy is talking to someone located in the US.

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You provided not one example of a case in which domestic searches without a warrant was considered legal.




You disappoint me. The article from which I excerpted had links to examples of the over a dozen instances where warrantless searches have been upheld. I had suggested in my post that people not be satisfied with my excerpts, but instead go to the link itself and read the whole thing -- including following up the embedded links. Apparently you chose not to do so.

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No one has an issue when a warrant was obtained.




And no one -- The NYT included -- has provided a single instance of the NSA listening to a conversation where one of the participants was a US person located within the US where a warrant was not obtained. Instead, it is insinuated that this was the case.

That's my whole point -- no one -- not even the NYT, who had an entire year to investigate this thoroughly while they were dithering over when would be the absolute best time to release the story in order to cause the maximum possible trouble for the administration -- has shown the NSA broke any law, whether that law stands the test of constitutionality or not (and clearly a "law" attempting to limit wartime powers of the Executive branch in such a fashion cannot stand up to that constitutional test). Obviously, those 5400 warrants issued through FISA since 2002 were issued in cases where one of the participants met the definition of "US person". What makes you assume there were more than 5400 cases involving "US persons"? Certainly not anything yet published by the NY Times or the Washington Post.

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It's been sliced and diced twice now.




Sorry, I must have not made myself clear. The "slice and dice" refers to lame attempts to pretend the disclosure of classified information harmful to national security in a time of war is legal. Clearly such disclosure is illegal. Whoever leaked that info broke the law and faces serious prison time.




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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Catalysis]
    #5134025 - 01/03/06 05:02 AM (16 years, 24 days ago)

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First of all, any legal scholar will tell you that the legality of this is unclear



Well, maybe not any...

Conservative Scholars Argue Bush?s Wiretapping Is An Impeachable Offense


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5134035 - 01/03/06 05:18 AM (16 years, 24 days ago)

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As has been pointed out (in this thread and in the other) the key word in the (fourth) amendment is "unreasonable".



The key point is in the second part of the amendment which states that warrants are not to be issued without probable cause. Avoiding a warrant altogether? Suuuuure, that must be ok.

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You disappoint me. The article from which I excerpted had links to examples of the over a dozen instances where warrantless searches have been upheld.



I've discussed this as well; warrantless examples were given for foreign spying. No example of domestic spying.

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And no one -- The NYT included -- has provided a single instance of the NSA listening to a conversation where one of the participants was a US person located within the US where a warrant was not obtained. Instead, it is insinuated that this was the case.



If only Bush were smart enough to use this defense... I wonder why he hasn't???

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The "slice and dice" refers to lame attempts to pretend the disclosure of classified information harmful to national security in a time of war is legal. Clearly such disclosure is illegal. Whoever leaked that info broke the law and faces serious prison time.



I guess it's time to agree to disagree. We'll see how this story unfolds... Can a president do anything he wants in the interest of national security? To be determined...


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Falcon91Wolvrn03]
    #5157279 - 01/09/06 04:14 AM (16 years, 18 days ago)



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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5164285 - 01/10/06 09:44 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

Ok, I was going to respond to Phred's not responding in the thread he referrenced, but I need to see something here...


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And no one -- The NYT included -- has provided a single instance of the NSA listening to a conversation where one of the participants was a US person located within the US where a warrant was not obtained. Instead, it is insinuated that this was the case.





I'm rather confused by this statement. I thought Bush had admitted the spying took place? I'm not sure I understand what you mean by it insinuated that it was the case... Everything I've read suggests that this is the case, and this is what is on the table. Where did you read anything different?

Even the non-partisan group Congressional Research Service concluded that the president's defense didn't hold legal grounds (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.nsa07jan07,1,1192489.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines). This was even submitted to Congress.


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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Twirling]
    #5164407 - 01/10/06 10:13 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

And here is why, Phred, your quote is so confusing. From an ABC News story:

"President Bush has admitted that he gave orders that allowed the NSA to eavesdrop on a small number of Americans without the usual requisite warrants."

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1491889&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312


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    #5164436 - 01/10/06 10:21 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

Sorry, but I'm going to need to see Bush's actual statement on that, not some staff writer's misinterpretation of what he believes Bush has said. We've been around that mulberry bush enough times already with such classics as "imminent threat". Show me Bush's actual statement. Or show me a statement from someone who claims his communications were tapped without a warrant.

The fact is that the administration has gone to FISA over 5400 times since the inception of the program to get warrants for communications where one of the participants was a "US person" as defined by FISA.

By the way, why did you find my statement so confusing? Check the date of my statement, then check the date of the article that just appeared today. Then look again at what I actually said --

"What makes you assume there were more than 5400 cases involving "US persons"? Certainly not anything yet published by the NY Times or the Washington Post. "






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Re: Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Domestic Spying Leak [Re: Phred]
    #5164515 - 01/10/06 10:46 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

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Sorry, but I'm going to need to see Bush's actual statement on that, not some staff writer's misinterpretation of what he believes Bush has said. We've been around that mulberry bush enough times already with such classics as "imminent threat". Show me Bush's actual statement. Or show me a statement from someone who claims his communications were tapped without a warrant.





Bush admitted to the program (http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/12/17/bush.nsa/). But that's not specifically what I'm trying to adress here. So far there is information being brought forth about this program. The program is being described as spying on American citizens. I'm not sure if you're looking for a legal case to actually be brought to trial, or what, but the description of the program is what is being broughtforth.

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The fact is that the administration has gone to FISA over 5400 times since the inception of the program to get warrants for communications where one of the participants was a "US person" as defined by FISA.





Ok, those are times when they got warrants. Again, that has nothing to do with the program in case.


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    #5164556 - 01/10/06 10:55 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

Yes, Bush admitted to the program. What I want to see is an example of the NSA listening to the conversation of a "US person" as defined by FISA without obtaining a warrant.

The NYT just insinuates they were doing so. No one has shown they were doing so.




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    #5164618 - 01/10/06 11:05 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

Oh, well that's rather a difficult need to satisfy. It's being brought to the spotlight, and it?s an accusation being made. Of course they're insinuating that this happened, that's the whole point of the whistle blowing. You make it sound as if the NY Times mislead people into thinking that what the whistle blower said wasn?t as bad as they made it out to be.


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    #5164773 - 01/10/06 11:31 PM (16 years, 16 days ago)

First of all, there is more than one "whistleblower", if you can believe the NYT. They talk about "more than a dozen" people who gave them information on the program. These people aren't whistleblowers, they are at best felons and at worst treasonous.

Second, there is as yet no evidence from any source -- or even for that matter any statement from any source -- that any "US person" as defined by FISA has had their conversations listened to without a warrant. To the contrary, there is evidence that the administration sought at least 5400 such warrants.

Third, even if it does eventually turn out that some conversations involving "US persons" were in fact tapped without a warrant, there is plenty of case law supporting the right of the Executive branch to do such a thing in time of war, and NO case law at all to the contrary.

As has been pointed out here many times, there are many cases where warrantless searches are allowed. It is a common misconception that every search or surveillance requires a warrant. This is not the case and it has never been the case. The relevant point to be addressed is the caveat delineated by the Fourth Amendment -- that such searches/surveillance be reasonable. If ever there were a situation where listening in to a conversation would be deemed reasonable, it would be a case where an enemy belligerent from abroad is calling someone located in the US.

The Bush-bashers have been whining for years about the administration's failure to "connect the dots". Now they're whining about dot-connecting.

You will note that not a single American politician who was briefed on the program -- and there were plenty -- has called for a halt to the program. Perhaps that's because even the looniest Democrats realize that doing so would be the end of any hope of their getting re-elected.



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    #5168579 - 01/11/06 07:57 PM (16 years, 15 days ago)

I really don't know what else to say at this point, I feel like this is going in circles.


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    #5168612 - 01/11/06 08:05 PM (16 years, 15 days ago)

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Second, there is as yet no evidence from any source -- or even for that matter any statement from any source -- that any "US person" as defined by FISA has had their conversations listened to without a warrant. To the contrary, there is evidence that the administration sought at least 5400 such warrants.




Thats a good point. There is really nothing known about the details of this or who was really wiretapped aside from the fact that they were within the US and the program was very limited in scope. I'm not sure whether pursuing this is a good idea or not, politically.


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    #5170518 - 01/12/06 04:04 AM (16 years, 15 days ago)

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Second, there is as yet no evidence from any source -- or even for that matter any statement from any source -- that any "US person" as defined by FISA has had their conversations listened to without a warrant. To the contrary, there is evidence that the administration sought at least 5400 such warrants.




Thats a good point. There is really nothing known about the details of this or who was really wiretapped aside from the fact that they were within the US and the program was very limited in scope. I'm not sure whether pursuing this is a good idea or not, politically.



What are you talking about? Virtually every article written on this says that Bush authorized wiretaps on US citizens:

Fox News-- "Bush acknowledged last weekend that he authorized NSA to intercept international calls and e-mails but only those linked to Al Qaeda, even if one end of the conversation is taking place in the United States and includes an American citizen."
CNN -- "Bush gave the National Security Agency license to eavesdrop on Americans communicating with people overseas"
Wall Street Journal-- "Bush's claim that he has a legal right to eavesdrop on some U.S. citizens without court approval has widened an ideological gap within his party."
ABC News-- "President Bush says he was given the legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens without a court order"
Yahoo News-- "Bush said on Monday he broke no laws in authorizing spying on Americans with suspected ties to terrorism"


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    #5183898 - 01/15/06 05:23 PM (16 years, 11 days ago)

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