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Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney Reportedly Pushed NSA to Spy Domestically

In the wake of Sept. 11, the vice president argued that the NSA should intercept purely domestic calls and e-mails without warrants, reports the N.Y. Times.
The NSA ultimately decided against the idea, but this report leaves no doubt about Cheney’s regard for civil liberties.

Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


Hatch, John Dean Trade Barbs at Censure Hearing

After Nixon-era whistle-blower John Dean speaks in favor of censuring Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch tells him: “Quit trying to score political points.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Sr. Condemns ‘Ugly’ Politics at King’s Funeral, Defends Son

The former president criticizes “political shots” taken at his son by former President Jimmy Carter and the Rev. Joseph Lowery during the Coretta Scott King funeral last week.  Bush defends the administration’s domestic spying program, tritely invoking 9/11 as a blanket justification for trampling constitutional freedoms. Story | Listen Interview.

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


The Banality of Intelligence

Walter Pincus, one of the best-informed national security reporters in the country, offers a video critique of the Senate appearance of the nation’s new spy chief.  | video

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


Reefer Madness, Cali Style

Mexican drug cartels have helped make California the largest domestic supplier of pot in the nation. Seventy percent of the plants are growing in state and national parks. zReportage magazine has an eye-opening photo essay and story.

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush addresses the crowd during the 142nd Landon Lecture Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Charlie Riedel / AP

Bush Disingenuously Re-Brands Spying Program

The president is now calling it the “Terrorist Surveillance Program.” | story
OK, Mr. Bush, but what about the non-terrorists being swept up in your nets? Not that we’re surprised by the new moniker; this is the guy who legalized an increase in air pollution and called it “Clear Skies,” and labeled a tree-slashing program “Healthy Forests.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Fox News / via Think Progress

McCain Calls Spying Program Illegal

Think Progress notes that the Arizona senator is the latest in a long list of Republican conservatives who have expressed strong doubts about the program’s legality. | blog
Crooks and Liars has the video.

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


On Second Thought…

Bush now says he welcomes a hearing on domestic spying—while again warning Americans to watch what they say. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


Sounding Off on Bush’s Spy Program

By Blair Golson

An intense debate has been raging on Op-Ed pages and in the blogosphere over the legality of President Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. What follows is a roundup of some of the most influential, talked-about and linked-to analyses.

Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


Ashcroft’s Deputy Opposed Parts of Spy Program

Two of Bush’s most senior advisors made an emergency visit in 2004 to a hospitalized John Ashcroft to get him to override his deputy and sign off on a continued warrantless domestic surveillance program. Read the story

Posted on Jan 1, 2006 READ MORE


More Outrageous Opinions From Our Next Justice

Why is Samuel Alito expected to sail through Senate confirmation when his views are so outrageous? The Associated Press reports that he defended domestic wiretap protections when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department.

Posted on Dec 23, 2005 READ MORE


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