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Gonzales: We May Prosecute Journalists

Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales says that the Bush White House may go after journalists who report on national security-related matters. “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility.”
Funny: There are lots of FISA statutes that you don’t have to read particularly carefully to learn that spying on Americans without warrants is illegal.

Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


Strange Bedfellows
Illustration: Blair Golson

Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

This is the big one, folks. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

  • Story and AT&T internal documents
  • Wired News explains why it published the story

  • Posted on May 22, 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


    Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

    Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
    If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Watching What You Say

    Before the USA Today story, The Nation magazine had loads of details on the NSA-telecom spying program: a lawsuit against AT&T; links between telecom officials and the White House; and a history of how these insidious relationships developed.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Hayden
    From nsa.gov

    Likely New CIA Director Misled Congress on Wiretapping

    Michael Hayden, who will probably replace outgoing CIA chief Porter Goss, told Congress in 2002 that all domestic surveillance was consistent with the FISA law—knowing full well of Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

  • The Fraud and False Statements statute (18 U.S.C. 1001) makes Hayden?s misleading statements to Congress illegal, according to a Clinton-era national security official.
  • See a Time article on Hayden’s impending appointment.
  • Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times on Bush: A Bad Leak

    The New York Times editorial page writes that “even a president cannot wave a wand and announce that an intelligence report is declassified.” Also, check out how Editor & Publisher handily took down the Washington Post editorial board’s defense of the leak.

    Posted on Apr 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Vermont Democrats Call for Bush Impeachment

    One hundred Vermont state officials agreed to petition the Republican-controlled Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Bush for the WMD and wiretapping scandals. “You know in your own hearts and minds that something is terribly wrong in this country,” said one Vermont Democrat.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Outsources Town Hall Meetings to India

    The political satirist quotes the president as saying the move “is designed to free up my time for other duties, such as wiretapping the American people at random.”

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Inching Toward Authoritarianism

    A legendary South African journalist calls himself “appalled” at the way America’s policies of wiretapping and torture are beginning to resemble those of apartheid Cape Town. (Video available.)

    Posted on Feb 24, 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


    Gore Smacks Back at Gonzales Criticism

    After the attorney general dismissed the vexed former veep’s charges of illegal spying, Gore swats back: No wonder you didn’t defend yourself on the issues—you can’t. | release
    Meanwhile, a group of arch-conservatives call for hearings into Bush’s program. Hey, if you’ve lost Grover Norquist and David Keene… | release 

    Posted on Jan 18, 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


    Tony Blair
    John Thys / AFP

    Blair May Tap MP Phones

    The British prime minister is planning on scrapping a 40-year ban on tapping MPs’ telephones. The soon-to-be tapped are jolly cross. | story

    Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Dr. King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.
    From medaloffreedom.com

    Sex, Lies and Audiotape

    A year before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. called America the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” His comments and actions made him the object of a massive, FBI-led audio surveillance program into his sex life. Check out our multimedia assemblage in Uncovered. | entry

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Blair Golson

    Back in 1968, it wasn’t the Fox network but Time and the Washington Post that branded war critics as fifth columnists. Also, read about an illegal wiretap operation that makes today’s version look downright cordial.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


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