Gore, ACLU and NYT Come out Swinging on SpyingThe former VP, hot and bothered, says a special prosecutor should investigate Bush's spy program | story or transcriptThe 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 wiretappingcom/2006/01/17/politics/17nsahtml?hp&ex=1137474000&en=9aa4386db9bb10f6&ei=5094&partner=homepage" title="story">story.
Washington Post: Former vice president Al Gore accused President Bush of breaking the law by authorizing wiretaps on U.S. citizens without court warrants and called on Congress yesterday to reassert its oversight responsibilities on a “shameful exercise of power” by the White House. | story or transcript
NYT: In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans. | story
NYT: Two leading civil rights groups plan to file lawsuits Tuesday against the Bush administration over its domestic spying program to determine whether the operation was used to monitor 10 defense lawyers, journalists, scholars, political activists and other Americans with ties to the Middle East.
The two lawsuits, which are being filed separately by the American Civil Liberties Union in Federal District Court in Detroit and the Center for Constitutional Rights in Federal District Court in Manhattan, are the first major court challenges to the eavesdropping program. | storyWait, before you go…
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