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Nine Secret Bush-Era Documents Released

The Justice Department has released nine secret memos and opinions written by the Office of Legal Counsel that authorized some of the Bush administration’s unlawful national security policies.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


Maybe the Only Crime Was by Blago’s Barber

Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about to be impeached on grounds of loopiness, obnoxiousness and a bad haircut? It is unclear to me what else Blagojevich has done that a duly constituted jury would find illegal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


This Isn’t a Time to Be Coy, Mr. Obama

Obama’s statements in the Blagojevich case have been cautious and precise. For most politicians, that would be good enough. For the man who inspired the nation with a promise of “change we can believe in,” it’s not.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 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


Domestic Surveillance Begins at Home

The satirist writes that just-resigned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ motivation is that he wants to spend more time eavesdropping on his family.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Inside the Data Mine

The Bush administration’s domestic spying program has depended on the willing participation of America’s telecommunications giants, and all but one, Qwest, were willing to comply. Truthdig contributor Onnesha Roychoudhuri investigates the complex world of national security and regulation to find out whether Qwest’s extraordinary bad luck in recent years has been more than a coincidence—and what it means for what’s left of your privacy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

Posted on May 16, 2007 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


Blast From the Spying Past

Newly released documents from the Ford administration show that it, too, tried to eavesdrop without warrants. | story
And in an “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” moment, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush “complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge’s approval,” according to the article.

Posted on Feb 5, 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


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