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One Measly Point—Is That Too Much to Ask?

The satirist tells us that Bush, feeling low as he contemplates his public approval rating, has turned to a man who knows a thing or two about numbers.

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Choice Point
gregpalast.com

Will the Real ‘Big Brother’ Please Stand Up…

When the government can’t legally dig up your medical records, call histories and voter registration information, it turns to the data mining company ChoicePoint—which has sucked up over $1 billion in federal contracts.
Do. Not. Miss. this article on how the frightening industry of data mining works.

Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and the NSA

Jon Stewart Takes On the NSA

“The Daily Show” host tees off on the recent report of the NSA’s phone call database. “It turns out that there was one specific type of domestic call the government was keeping tabs on. All of them.”

Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


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Frank Rich: ‘Traitors’ in the White House and Senate

The fiery N.Y. Times columnist returns from book leave with an attack on the real “traitors” in America: a White House that has compounded lies with incompetence to spy on Americans, run “black site” Eastern European prisons and prosecute an unjust war.

Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


Verizon Hit By Two Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuits

The telecom giant faces two suits—one for $20 billion, another for $5 billion—for handing over customers’ phone records to the NSA.

Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


NSA: Now Spying on Americans
From AmericaBlog

Buy the New NSA T-Shirt

The logo above appears on T-shirts being sold by AmericaBlog. Be the first on your block to get one!

Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


N.Y. Times: Bush’s Ever-Expanding Secret

The Sept. 11 attacks “did not give the president the limitless power he now claims to intrude on the private communications of the American people,” the N.Y. Times says in an editorial about the NSA spying story.

Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


Bush NSA Program
From ThinkProgress

Bush Claims NSA Program Targets Only Al Qaeda

The president claims that the program activities “strictly target Al Qaeda and their known affiliates,” despite USA Today’s claim that the NSA has pored over the records of tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


I Want to Spy on You
hardnewsnow.com

Bush: Spy Program Isn’t ‘Mining’ Private Info

“We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush says, without directly addressing the NSA program reported in USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter demands that phone company executives testify before Congress about the data they provided to the NSA.
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    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Buzzflash: “Tyranny Creeps In…” at the NSA

    “The NSA’s gathering of phone call records of millions of Americans is “something that would make the late Leonid Brezhnev proud of Bush—and [Gen.] Michael Hayden, the Pentagon apparatchik, who saw it through,” Buzzflash writes in an editorial.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Gen. Michael Hayden
    From NSA.gov

    Robert Scheer: Hayden—the Spook in Your Phone

    UPDATE: Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy of U.S. citizens.

  • While head of the NSA, he oversaw the program that recorded the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans.
  • Want to take action? Check out StopHayden.org (includes video proof that Hayden is smugly incorrect about the privacy foundation of the Fourth Amendment).

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


  • FBI Discloses Its Own Warrantless Spying Info

    The Justice Dept. pored through the bank, library or telecom records of 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents—without a court’s approval. Apparently this was legal—it’s just the first time the FBI is publicly disclosing hard numbers.

    Posted on Apr 29, 2006 READ MORE


    'Patriot' book
    From Amazon.com

    Lawyer’s Anti-Bush Book Takes Amazon’s Top Spot

    Constitutional lawyer and blogger Glenn Greenwald’s book “How Would a Patriot Act” has hit No. 1 on the online retailers’ list. Greenwald attacks the president for abusing the Constitution and setting himself up as a monarch.

    Posted on Apr 27, 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


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    From mundanesounds.com

    New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

    OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
    Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
    Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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    Feingold Dresses Down CNN’s Soledad O’Brien

    The Wisconsin senator says that the CNN host has been intimidated by the RNC into believing that there exists a serious legal debate over the legality of the president’s spying program.
    DailyKos has more.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_roberts
    From nndb.com

    Pat Roberts, Uncovered

    Think Progress puts together an in-depth cheat sheet on all the ways Roberts has shrunk from his responsibilities as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Vermont Towns Endorse Move to Impeach Bush

    Five communities vote to call on their federal representative to file articles of impeachment against the president, alleging a misuse of prewar intelligence and illegal use of domestic surveillance.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

    An all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed an investigation into Bush’s spying program and may eventually kill it.
    The White House may have botched Cheney’s response to the hunting incident, but the administration sure hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to leaning on moderate Republicans (and even Democrats) to rally around the president. Call your senators—especially Olympia Snowe of Maine—and urge them not to cave in to political pressure.

    Posted on Feb 15, 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



    From Comedy Central via Salon.com

    Sen. Leahy Smacks Gonzales Around in Video

    Leahy, exasperated at Alberto Gonzales’ refusal to answer questions about Bush’s spying program, lets rip a Jon Stewart-quality zinger: “Of course, Mr. Attorney General, I forgot. You can’t answer any questions that might be relevant to this.” | video

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    The Cure for Executive Excess

    Can impeachment heal the malady of executive privilege and wiretapping?  It has before.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Hypocrisy on Display at King’s Funeral?

    Bush attends the services of Coretta Scott King while simultaneously pressing on with a warrantless spying program. | story
    Forty years ago, the FBI used illegal wiretaps in an attempt to blackmail King’s husband. | Truthdig files
    Plus a change…

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



    From thinkprogress.com

    Sen. Specter to Gonzales: ‘That Just Defies Logic and Plain English’

    That’s the Republican chair of the Judiciary Committee reacting to the attorney general’s attempts to explain how spying without warrants is, in fact, legal. Check out the AG’s explanation of why Bush earlier said that spying without warrants is, in fact, illegal: “The President is not a lawyer.”

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



    From moveon.org via crooksandliars.com

    MoveOn.org Ad Likens Bush to Nixon on Spying

    Watch the current president morph into the former president in this new video advertisement from the liberal advocacy group. | video

    Posted on Feb 4, 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


    N.Y. Times Calls Spy Program Patently Illegal

    The Gray Lady, in an editorial, eviscerates Bush’s defense of his spying program, point by point. | editorial

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    Paul Conrad

    Bush Voted Against Spying Before Voting For It

    The White House rejected a 2002 Senate proposal to ease surveillance warrant restrictions, saying such a move would probably be unconstitutional. The Washington Post picks up the story blazed by Glenn Greenwald.

    Posted on Jan 26, 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


    Gore for President?

    The transcript of the Al Gore speech that’s got everyone talking—as well as links to C-SPAN’s downloadable video of the event.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
    Susan Walsh / AP

    Gore, ACLU and NYT Come out Swinging on Spying

    The former VP, hot and bothered, says a special prosecutor should investigate Bush’s spy program. | story or transcript
    The NYT reports that even the former FBI director had qualms about the legality of the spying. | story
    Meanwhile, the ACLU and another group sue Bush over his wiretapping. | story

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    NSA logo
    From www.isoc.org

    Bush’s Spy Program Predated 9/11

    The NSA began its data-mining activities early in 2001. This disclosure contradicts the president’s claim about the program being a product of his post-9/11 “smoke ‘em out” mind-set. | story

    Posted on Jan 16, 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


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