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Forget ‘Cellphone,’ That’s a ‘Tracker’ in Your Pocket

Mobile phone service providers collect user information and share it with the government, to the tune of at least 1.3 million disclosures per year. What if our nomenclature reflected that?

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE


FISA Deal: Compromise or Capitulation?

Democrats and Republicans cut a deal in Congress on Thursday to rewrite controversial surveillance legislation. It’s being billed as a compromise, but civil rights advocates are groaning over concessions including virtual immunity for telecommunications companies and the ability to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Knows All
time.com

Adviser: McCain Backs Bush’s Wiretaps

As if 100 years in Iraq wasn’t enough, a top adviser to John McCain claims that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee supports and believes lawful Bush’s infamous warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Capitol Closed Doors
boston.com

Congress Holds Sensory-Deprived Session

At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


FISA
nationalsecurity.org

Senate Lets Telecoms Off the Hook

This might be a moment when Democratic supporters wonder what all the “changing of the guard” fuss was about when Dems took control of Congress in 2006: On Tuesday, the Senate effectively voted in favor of granting telecommunication companies retroactive immunity for their cooperation in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Dodd
hoinews.com

Dodd Gears Up for FISA Filibuster

Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing to take to the Senate floor with a filibuster to thwart the legislative advancement of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it doesn’t include his proposed amendment, co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, that would prevent the Bush administration from retroactively letting big telecom companies off the hook for allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on their networks.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


Actually, Wiretapping Bill Looks Stalled…

We earlier blogged that legislation authorizing the NSA’s wiretapping program was nearing passage. That now appears not to be the case. Senate and House versions of the bill may be too far apart to be bridged before Congress recesses next week.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage

This version of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping bill—which appears headed for passage—will apparently still allow Bush the option of submitting his surveillance programs to a court for review.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


  • Ann Beeson
    AP / Carlos Osorio

    Truthdigger of the Week: Ann Beeson

    Truthdig salutes Ann Beeson, the American Civil Liberties Union officer and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in ACLU v. NSA, the case that persuaded a Detroit judge to order a halt to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

    Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Breaking: Bush to Submit to Eavesdropping Oversight?

    From CNN: Sen. Arlen Specter revealed a bill that would require a court to review the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s controversial intelligence-gathering program, saying the deal was negotiated with the Bush administration’s cooperation, and that Bush would sign the bill if it doesn’t change dramatically.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Is Flouting Court After Gitmo Ruling

    Constitutional expert and best-selling author Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision not only outlawed Bush’s military tribunals, but also removed any conceivable argument to support Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs.

  • Greenwald: “Journalists should begin asking the Justice Department every day what their legal justification for warrantless eavesdropping is now that Hamdan has rendered frivolous their prior legal arguments in defense of the President.”

  • Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Hayden, Gonzales and Cheney

    Were Cheney, Gonzales and Hayden Lying About Wiretap Capabilities?

    If Bloomberg News is correct in its June 30 report that the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program started up to seven months before the Sept. 11 attacks, then why did the vice president, the attorney general and the new CIA chief say otherwise?

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.

    This may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

    Posted on Mar 2, 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


    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 crooksandliars.com

    Bush Can’t Escape His Own Statements

    As Attorney General Alberto Gonzales prepares for Monday’s hearings, we should keep in mind the president’s 2004 statement about warrantless wiretaps: “Anytime you hear the United States government talking about a wiretap, it requires—a wiretap requires a court order.” (Hat tip: crooksandliars.com) | video

    Posted on Feb 6, 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


    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


    Report Rebuts Bush on Warrantless Wiretaps

    Congressional research arm says spy program conflicts with existing law, hinges on weak arguments | more

     

    Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Surveillance Court To Quiz Bush Officials Over Spy Program

    Judges will question Dept. of Justice, others, on legality of warrantless wiretaps | more

    Posted on Jan 4, 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


    Bush Tries to Clarify Apparently Misleading Remarks About Wiretaps

    The president attempts to explain how his 2004 claim that “a wiretap requires court orders” squares with his warrantless surveillance program. Times reporter Eric Licthblau calls Bush’s comments “at odds” with those of his senior aides.

    Posted on Jan 1, 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


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