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  • Obama does not feel Americans' privacy violated: chief of staff

    06/16/2013 12:40:25 PM PDT · by John W · 38 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | June 16, 2013 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans' privacy rights, his chief of staff said on Sunday. The administration has said the top-secret collection of massive amounts of "metadata" from phone calls - raw information that does not identify individual telephone subscribers, was legal and authorized by Congress in the interests of thwarting militant attacks. It has said the agencies did not monitor calls. Asked whether Obama feels he has violated the privacy of Americans, McDonough said, "He does not."
  • Obama: No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me (2008)

    06/10/2013 6:58:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    CNET ^ | 1-08-2008 | Anne Broache
    "My job this morning is to be so persuasive...that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack," he told a crowd of about 300 Ivy Leaguers--and, by the looks of it, a handful of locals who managed to gain access to what was supposed to be a students-only event. For one thing, under an Obama presidency, Americans will be able to leave behind the era of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney...
  • President Obama’s Dragnet

    06/06/2013 10:10:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights. Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants...
  • Verizon Case Offers Glimpse of Vast N.S.A. Surveillance

    06/06/2013 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Zeta Beam · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/6/13 | Charlie Savage
    Responding to the disclosure on Wednesday night of a highly classified court order to a subsidiary of Verizon Communications seeking all of its customers’ communications logs, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said the order appeared to be a routine reauthorization as part of a broader program that lawmakers have long known about.... Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters on Thursday that he did not have a problem with the surveillance program because it was imperative in the war on terror. “If we...
  • BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT · by CWW · 465 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
    <p>Looks Like DOJ HAS BEEN TAPPING AP NEWS TELEPHONE LINES TO DISCOVER THEIR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES IN CONGRESS!</p> <p>The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.</p>
  • Huntley memo names Sampson, Adams, Hassel-Thompson, others (Six Sitting NYS Senators Named)

    05/08/2013 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 8, 2013 | By Jimmy Vielkind
    The seal has been lifted on the sentencing memo for ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire for the FBI for several months last year. The memo says: Mrs. Huntley met with attorneys for the government and FBI agents regularly over a six-month period. (...) Ms. Huntley upon the prompting of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI recorded and photographed the following individuals on multiple occasions: State Senator John Sampson Melvin Lowe, (former political consultant and associate of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman) State Senator Eric Adams State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson State Senator Jose Peralta State Senator...
  • Can you hear me now? Feds admit FBI warrantless cellphone tracking ‘very common’

    03/29/2013 2:38:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/29/13 | Shaun Waterman
    FBI investigators for at least five years have routinely used a sophisticated cellphone tracking tool that can pinpoint callers’ locations and listen to their conversations — all without getting a warrant for it, a federal court was told this week. The use of the “Stingray,” as the tool is called, “is a very common practice” by federal investigators, Justice Department attorneys told the U.S. District Court for Arizona Thursday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Installed in an unmarked van, Stingray mimics a cellphone tower, so it can pinpoint the precise location of any mobile device in range and...
  • Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe [Funded DNC, 0, and Hillary!]

    10/17/2009 8:11:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 1,516+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | October 17th 2009
    OCTOBER 17, 2009 Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe By EVAN PEREZ and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON—The hedge-fund billionaire charged as part of a vast insider-trading case surfaced in an earlier, separate probe into U.S. fundraising by a Sri Lankan terrorist group, people familiar with the probe said. As part of that investigation, federal agents said they uncovered documents showing that Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, was among several wealthy Sri Lankans in the U.S. whose donations to a Maryland-based charity made their way to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to people familiar with the probe. Raj...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Revealed secret wiretap tapes trouble for Attorney General Eric Holder and DOJ

    06/29/2012 10:26:31 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 57 replies
    San Antonio Examiner ^ | June 12, 2012 | Jack Dennis
    Anonymous sources presented secret wiretap applications last week to the chairman of the Congressional committee which could spell disaster to Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious defense. The evidence reveal high-level Department of Justice officials approved the “gun walking” tactics that could have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The committee has been trying for 15-months to get information from Holder, who has used every legal, and arguably illegal means, to stall the committee from furthering their investigation with information from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Prosecutor asks for 3 more months to complete terrorist probe [Rotterdam plot]

    09/02/2002 9:10:33 AM PDT · by Wallaby · 155+ views
    Associated Press Worldstream | September 2, 2002 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Prosecutor asks for 3 more months to complete terrorist probe Associated Press Worldstream ANTHONY DEUTSCH; Associated Press Writer September 2, 2002 Monday 10:43 AM Eastern Time ROTTERDAM, Netherlands The public prosecutor on Monday asked for three more months to complete his case against four men accused of plotting terrorist attacks against U.S. targets in France and Belgium. Prosecutors say that in addition to the Paris embassy, the group targeted the Kleine-Brogel base in northeast Belgium, where around 100 U.S. Air Force personnel are...
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

    09/27/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 21 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/27/10 | FOXNEWS
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday. National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly "going dark," The New York Times reported, as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone. The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting...
  • Blago's a blab-o

    07/28/2010 3:03:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2010 | DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich is an insecure man who talks a lot, but he is not a criminal, his lawyer told jurors yesterday during closing arguments at the ousted Illinois governor's corruption trial. Sam Adam Jr. told jurors that he did not call Blagojevich to testify, as he'd promised at the beginning of the trial, because the government did not prove its case. "I thought he'd sit right up here," Adam said, shouting and pointing at the empty witness chair. "I promised he'd testify. We were wrong. Blame me. "I had no idea that in 2˝ months of trial that...
  • At Center Of Insider Case: 'The Octopussy'

    11/06/2009 12:58:13 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 564+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11/5/2009 | Liz Moyer
    Charges against 14 snared in insider-trading probe make for unusually entertaining reading. The insider-trading case outlined by federal prosecutors in New York Thursday has all the elements of a classic television crime drama: wiretaps, clandestine cash handoffs and people with nicknames like "the Greek" and "octopussy." Authorities say a trader known as "the octopussy" is at the center of the ring, which included other traders, a Moody's Investors Service analyst, and hedge fund managers, and two lawyers, one of whom was a young associate who allegedly passed along tips about private-equity deals being done by his big law firm's clients....
  • Obama lawyer says no position on Bush-era wiretaps

    10/09/2009 4:20:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Rueters ^ | 10/9/09 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for the Obama administration said on Friday it had no position on the legality of the former Bush administration's program to intercept Americans' e-mails and phone calls without a warrant. The lawyer spoke at a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on a lawsuit in which 16 lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees demanded the government release records of electronic surveillance they believe was conducted without a warrant concerning their clients' cases.
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • Why We Endorsed Warrantless Wiretaps

    07/16/2009 5:42:02 AM PDT · by libstripper · 4 replies · 323+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2009 | John Yoo
    It was instantly clear after Sept. 11, 2001, that our security agencies knew little about al Qaeda's inner workings, could not detect its operatives' entry into the country, nor predict where it might strike next. Suppose an al Qaeda cell in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles was planning a second attack using small arms, conventional explosives or even biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies faced a near impossible task locating them. Now suppose the National Security Agency (NSA), which collects signals intelligence, threw up a virtual net to intercept all electronic communications leaving and...
  • Report: Jane Harman recorded vowing take action for AIPAC on wiretap

    04/20/2009 6:57:25 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies · 2,965+ views
    Report: Jane Harman recorded vowing take action for AIPAC on wiretap @ 9:33 am by Jeremy P. Jacobs Congresswoman Jane Harman was recorded on a NSA wiretapped conversation agreeing to work to downgrade espionage charges against two officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in return for help securing the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee, according to Jeff Stein's anonymously sourced column in Congressional Quarterly. Harman, a California Democrat, was allegedly recorded in a conversation with a suspected Israeli agent. The conversation reportedly took place before the 2006 election, when Democrats seized control of the chamber and, therefore,...
  • A Rahm Bomb for Jane Harman?

    04/20/2009 9:45:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 59 replies · 2,521+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2009 | James Lewis
    Congressional Quarterly just reported a highly secret National Security Agency wiretap report on Rep. Jane Harman. Wait. Before we get to the content of the wiretap, all you ACLU types should be hitting the ceiling in rage. Because NSA wiretaps are the most carefully protected, super-secret operations carried on by the Federal government. Even during the Bush Administration, when the CIA carried on an unconcealed war on the Bush policy in the War on Terror through selective and politically damaging leaks to the New York Times, no wiretap recordings were released. Wiretaps of Members of Congress are even more sensitive,...
  • Director indicted in Hollywood wiretaps case (John McTiernan, directed "Die Hard" and "Predator")

    04/17/2009 6:22:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 485+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 4/17/09 | AP
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Hollywood director who had pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating private eye Anthony Pellicano and later withdrew his plea. John McTiernan, who directed "Die Hard" and "Predator," was indicted on two counts of making false statements to the FBI about Pellicano and one count of perjury for allegedly lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw his guilty plea. His attorney, S. Todd Neal, said the indictment is "really nothing new" and promised to rigorously defend his client.
  • Legal left cools toward Obama

    04/13/2009 4:32:47 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 14 replies · 941+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/13/09 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    It’s not just Paul Krugman anymore. A growing chorus on the legal left is cooling toward President Barack Obama as a result of recent actions by the Justice Department vigorously defending the Bush administration in what it termed the war on terror. “Obama Position on Illegal Spying: Worse Than Bush,” a large graphic declared over the weekend on the home page of a respected group advocating freedom on the Internet, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Obama has been pilloried by a liberal TV icon who was one of President George W. Bush’s most vociferous critics, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. “During his run for...
  • Skype calls' immunity to police phone tapping threatened [EU, NSA want wiretaps]

    03/04/2009 11:36:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 576+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | 2009-02-23 | Paul Meller
    Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police. The European investigation could also help U.S. law enforcement authorities gain access to Internet calls. The National Security Agency (NSA) is understood to believe that suspected terrorists use Skype to circumvent detection. While the police can get a court order to tap a suspect's land line and mobile phone, it is currently impossible to get a similar order...
  • Glimmers of Bush: Does National Security Trump the Law?

    03/04/2009 8:33:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 487+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2/27/09 10:10 AM | Daphne Eviatar
    Ninth Circuit Rules on 'State Secrets' Privilege When the Obama administration last week claimed that the executive’s “state secrets” privilege requires dismissal of a case challenging the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, the move rang alarm bells.It was the second time that the new administration had asserted “state secrets” to try to dismiss a challenge to a program of its predecessor that is widely believed to have been illegal. In the first case, concerning the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” of terror suspects, the Obama administration said the program itself was a secret, so the claims of four victims against Jeppesen Dataplan,...
  • Obama DOJ Defies Federal Judge ( Lawyers Refuse to Release Document in Wiretapping Case)

    03/04/2009 8:26:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 591+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 3/2/09 12:37 AM | Daphne Eviatar
    A heated confrontation is brewing between the Obama administration and the federal judiciary.Late on Friday, the Justice Department’s lawyers filed a brief with a federal district court in California challenging the court’s power to carry out its own order. The government lawyers insisted that the court has no right to make available to the opposing lawyers in the case a classified document regarding the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, even though the document is critical to the lawsuit, the lawyers can obtain the necessary top-secret security clearances, and the document would not be released publicly.Illustration by: Matt Mahurin As TWI...
  • Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal

    01/15/2009 9:51:26 AM PST · by fremont_steve · 52 replies · 3,022+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved, according to a person with knowledge of the opinion.
  • Prosecutors seek to release Blago's calls (more wiretaps disclosed)

    12/29/2008 2:03:28 PM PST · by randita · 1 replies · 570+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/29/08 | NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY
    Prosecutors seek to release Blago's calls December 29, 2008 BY NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY, Staff Reporters Federal authorities had more wiretaps than previously disclosed in the investigation of Gov. Blagojevich -- including the cellular telephone of a member the governor's inner circle. A new government filing in federal court indicates that in November, authorities tapped the cell phone of "Lobbyist 1." The Sun-Times has identified lobbyist 1 as Lon Monk, the governor's first-term chief of staff. Monk later became a fund-raiser and state lobbyist. The revelation that investigators captured more on secret recordings than previously disclosed, came as federal...
  • Lawyer: Ill. governor wiretaps illegally obtained

    12/18/2008 12:56:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 2,421+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/08 | Christopher Wills - ap
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A lawyer for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told state lawmakers Thursday that the federal wiretaps at the heart of the pay-to-play allegations against his client were illegally obtained, and therefore should be kept out of any impeachment proceedings. The wiretaps are crucial to the federal charges filed against Blagojevich last week. Prosecutors say they caught the Democratic governor discussing efforts to auction off Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and pressure a hospital executive for campaign donations. Genson told the impeachment committee that it shouldn't consider any material from the wiretaps, saying the evidence was "illegally obtained."
  • Wiretap Constraints Make US Mumbai Attack More Likely

    12/07/2008 8:00:29 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 273+ views
    Yidwithlid | 12/6/08 | Yidwithlid
    Wiretap Constraints Make US Mumbai Attack More Likely Maybe its because I am a New York who was on the island of Manhattan on 9/11 Watching both building collapse from my tv at my office at MTV networks.The stunned look of people trying to make contact with the outside world, just to tell a loved one loved we were ok. I remember driving over the 59th street bridge looking at the abyss that was once the world trade centers. . I remember being able to taste the air. That evening people started quietly streaming into my synagogue for evening services....
  • Evslin: No more landlines under Obama

    11/18/2008 8:34:01 PM PST · by Kukai · 87 replies · 2,268+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | November 17, 2008 | Tom Evslin
    By the end of President Obama's first term, there won't be any more copper landlines left in the country. One of the challenges facing the Federal Communications Commission and the new administration is how to deal with the fallout from the end of this venerable technology. It's gonna get ugly for some people – people who can't afford to do without communication – unless we're proactive about this problem. Here's what's happening, as you probably know. Young people don't bother with landlines (unless they live beyond cell coverage); they just use their mobile phones or Skype for voice communication. The...
  • Judge Rejects Bush's View on Wiretaps

    07/03/2008 10:28:19 AM PDT · by steve-b · 18 replies · 115+ views
    NYT ^ | 7/3/08 | Eric Lichtblau
    A federal judge in California said Wednesday that the wiretapping law established by Congress was the "exclusive" means for the president to eavesdrop on Americans, and he rejected the government’s claim that the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief trumped that law....
  • Why don't cell phones include a conversation recorder option?

    06/20/2008 6:41:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies · 543+ views
    Self | 20 June, 2008 | Marktwain
    There is a considerable demand for a feature on cell phones that would record conversations. Given today's technology and cheap memory, it would be very easy. Moreover, It would be legal in the approximately 37 states and the Federal government that allow recording of conversations when a person involved in the conversation approves of it. It would be an excellent tool for recording conversations with "customer service" who record us all the time, and for any official or contractual conversations where matters of law might be involved. Manufacturers of cell phones seem to have gone to considerable lengths to insure...
  • House votes to provide protection to phone firms

    06/20/2008 5:58:40 PM PDT · by bd476 · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Reuters ^ | 20 June 2008 | By Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that could shield phone companies from billions of dollars in lawsuits for their participation in the warrantless surveillance program begun by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. The White House-backed, compromise measure -- which triggered a firestorm of opposition from civil liberties groups -- would also overhaul U.S. spy powers and replace a temporary surveillance law that expired in February. Democrats faced election-year pressure to pass the bill, fearing failure to do so would let Republicans paint them as weak on security and...
  • House approves spy bill protecting phone firms

    06/20/2008 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 102+ views
    House approves spy bill protecting phone firms Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:52pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that could shield phone companies that participated in President George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program begun after the September 11 attacks from billions of dollars in privacy lawsuits.
  • BBC: US lawmakers pass wiretaps bill ( US House of Representatives )

    06/20/2008 2:29:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 140+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 20 June 2008 19:22 UK 18:22 GMT, | BBC Staff
    US lawmakers pass wiretaps bill Telephone companies were facing as many as 40 lawsuits US lawmakers have passed a bill to shield telephone companies who helped in the White House's controversial warrantless wiretaps programme. The bill also grants the US government the power to continue with its warrantless surveillance scheme. The Bush administration faced criticism when details emerged of its programme to monitor the phone calls of foreign targets in the US without warrants. President Bush said the scheme was needed to prevent attacks on the US. Telephone companies were facing as many as 40 lawsuits for their involvement...
  • Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps

    06/06/2008 9:50:35 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 12 replies · 181+ views
    NYT ^ | June 6th, 2008 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team. In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance. Mr. McCain...
  • FBI tracked King's every move

    04/03/2008 6:53:29 AM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 56+ views
    CNN ^ | 31 Mar 2008 | Jen Christensen
    FBI wiretaps have "given us the most powerful and persuasive source of all for seeing how utterly selfless Martin Luther King was," as a civil rights leader, according to a leading civil rights scholar. "You see him being intensely self-critical. King really and truly believed that he was there to be of service to others. This was not a man with any egomaniacal joy of being a famous person, or being a leader," said Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar David Garrow in a recent interview with CNN. Hoping to prove the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was under the influence of Communists,...
  • The Entrapment of Eliot

    03/16/2008 2:30:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 2,103+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 13, 2008 | Alan Dershowitz
    The federal criminal investigation that has led to Eliot Spitzer's resignation as governor of New York illustrates the great dangers all Americans face from vague and open-ended sex and money-transaction statutes. Federal law, if read broadly, criminalizes virtually all sexual encounters for which something of value has been given. Federal money-laundering statutes criminalize many entirely legitimate and conventional banking transactions. Congress enacted these laws to give federal prosecutors wide discretion in deciding which "bad guys" to go after. Generally, wise and intelligent prosecutors use their discretion properly -- to target organized crime, terrorism, financial predation, exploitation of children and the...
  • Spitzer Was Not Done In By The Patriot Act

    03/12/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies · 912+ views
    This is the latest canard making the rounds — I heard a radio talk-show guy say it this morning, and one of the endless stream of former federal prosecutors suggested it on MSNBC last night (I had switched channels following Jeffrey Toobin's botched explanation of the money-laundering offense known as "structuring" — the cash transaction amount that triggers the reporting requirement is $10K, not, as Toobin stated, $5K.) Currency transaction reporting requirements were enacted in the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, and money laundering was made a crime in overhaul of the federal narcotics laws that took place in 1986....
  • House Democrats Reject Telecom Immunity

    03/11/2008 3:36:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 667+ views
    AP ^ | March 11, 2008 42 minutes ago | PAMELA HESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Locked in a standoff with the White House, House Democrats on Tuesday maintained their refusal to shield from civil lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without a secret court's permission.But they offered the companies an olive branch: the chance to use classified government documents to defend themselves in court.House Democratic leaders unveiled a bill that they hoped would bridge the gap between the electronic surveillance bill passed by the Senate last month and a rival version the House approved last fall.The House bill also would create a bipartisan commission, modeled after the...
  • Deal Close on Wiretap Law, a Top Democrat Tells CNN

    03/02/2008 11:24:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 220+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2008 | JASON DePARLE
    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush. The chairman, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat of Texas, said in an interview on CNN that the committee had been talking to the companies “because if we’re going to give them blanket immunity, we want to know and understand what it is we’re giving immunity for.”Mr. Reyes did not specify what provisions a House bill might contain. But his use of the words...
  • Bush demands 'flexibility' in terrorist surveillance

    10/11/2007 10:39:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Chicago Tribune - The Swamp ^ | October 11, 2007 6:30 AM | Mark Silva
    President Bush, demanding "flexibility" in the pursuit of suspected terrorists, insisted Wednesday he would not sign a new domestic spying bill if it unduly limits the administration's authority to eavesdrop without warrants. The president is demanding corporate immunity from lawsuits against telecommunications companies that have aided the National Security Agency in a controversial warrantless wiretapping program, as well as authority to secretly monitor suspect communications that pass through the United States. But congressional leaders, insisting on court oversight of the administration's surveillance, are not willing to give the president the latitude he is seeking. And they are reluctant to release...
  • The Need to Know

    08/11/2007 9:32:11 AM PDT · by Phlap · 6 replies · 396+ views
    N Y Times ^ | 08/11/2007
    Like many in this country who were angered when Congress rushed to rubber-stamp a bill giving President Bush even more power to spy on Americans, we took some hope from the vow by Congressional Democrats to rewrite the new law after summer vacation. The chance of undoing the damage is slim, unless the White House stops stonewalling and gives lawmakers and the public the information they need to understand this vital issue.
  • How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won

    08/12/2007 4:39:05 AM PDT · by Laverne · 21 replies · 790+ views
    Washington Post On-Line ^ | 12 Aug 07 | Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus
    For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken retired vice admiral and Vietnam veteran, "that makes my blood pressure rise." snip...
  • Bush Signs Terrorism Law

    08/05/2007 9:17:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 451+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/07 | AP
    CAMP DAVID, Md. - President Bush on Sunday signed into law an expansion of the government's power to eavesdrop on foreign terror suspects without the need for warrants. The law, approved by the Senate and the House just before Congress adjourned for its summer break, was deemed a priority by Bush and his chief intelligence officials. Bush signed the bill into law on Sunday afternoon at his retreat at Camp David, Md. "When our intelligence professionals have the legal tools to gather information about the intentions of our enemies, America is safer," Bush said. "And when these same legal tools...
  • Speaker Pelosi Is In The Hot Seat Over National Security (Hugh Hewitt)

    08/04/2007 11:50:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,945+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 4, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    Much has been said in the mainstream media about how the Bush presidency is essentially over, a lame duck mired in controversy. Thursday, however, George W. Bush demonstrated that when he does wish to use the bully pulpit, especially with powerful allies like Mitch McConnell in the United States Senate, he very much can move legislation through in a very timely fashion. Throughout this week in both houses of Congress, there has been consideration and negotiation on a piece of legislation submitted by Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, the National Director of Intelligence, who very clearly spelled out in Congressional testimony...
  • Challenge to Secret Wiretaps Is Dismissed

    07/07/2007 12:32:56 AM PDT · by xtinct · 10 replies · 600+ views
    NYT ^ | July 7, 2007 | ADAM LIPTAK
    A divided federal appeals court yesterday dismissed a case challenging the National Security Agency’s program to wiretap without warrants the international communications of some Americans, reversing a trial judge’s order that the program be shut down. The majority in a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled on a narrow ground, saying the plaintiffs, including lawyers and journalists, could not show injury direct and concrete enough to allow them to have standing to sue. Because it may be impossible for any plaintiff to demonstrate injury from the highly classified wiretapping program,...
  • U.S. appeals court orders dismissal of domestic spying suit

    07/06/2007 9:05:11 AM PDT · by xcamel · 13 replies · 702+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 6, 2007 | The Associated Press
    CINCINNATI: A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue. The 2-1 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel was not on the legality of the surveillance program, but it vacated a 2006 order by a lower court in Detroit. That court had found the post-911 warrantless surveillance aimed at uncovering terrorist activity to be unconstitutional, violating rights to privacy and free speech and the separation of powers. The American Civil Liberties Union led the lawsuit on behalf...
  • Padilla judge won't toss FBI wiretaps

    06/01/2007 9:18:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 403+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - A federal judge refused Friday to toss out FBI wiretap evidence in the Jose Padilla terrorism support case, rejecting an attempt by defense attorneys to prevent jurors from hearing conversations about Osama bin Laden and other well-known Islamic extremist leaders. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled the two dozen telephone intercepts that drew objections from defense attorneys were relevant to the case. Cooke also rejected defense assertions that invoking bin Laden's name would make Padilla and his two co-defendants appear more guilty in the jury's eyes. "The mere fact that a name is mentioned, in and of itself,...
  • White House pushed Ashcroft on wiretaps

    05/15/2007 11:27:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1,026+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/07 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program was so questionable that a top Justice Department official refused for a time to reauthorize it, sparking a standoff with top White House officials that culminated at the bedside of an ailing attorney general, a Senate panel was told Tuesday. Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he refused to recertify the program because Attorney General John Ashcroft had reservations about its legality just before falling ill with pancreatitis in March 2004. The White House, Comey said, recertified the program without the Justice Department's signoff, allowing it to...
  • CA: Businessman pleads guilty in Hollywood wiretaps case (linked to Pellicano wiretapping case)

    12/12/2006 8:37:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 509+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 12/12/06 | Daisy Nguyen - ap
    A businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding and abetting charges linked to the wiretapping case against one-time private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano. Daniel Nicherie, 46, was the seventh defendant to plead guilty in connection with sweeping allegations of a conspiracy involving wiretapping and digging up dirt on people, including celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone. Nicherie admitted in federal court that he authorized Pellicano to intercept the telephone conversations of a man he was in a business dispute with. Prosecutors alleged that Nicherie listened to the intercepted conversations and translated those talks at Pellicano's office. Under a deal with...