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Supreme Court Dismisses Eavesdropping Lawsuit

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case against the nation's telecommunications companies for cooperating with a once-secret wiretap program enacted by the Bush administration to monitor suspected terrorists.

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Warrantless wiretapping makes for a rollicking good time at the National Security Agency, according to moral crusader Stephen Colbert, who's not above a little dramatic re-enactment of his own biblically inspired carnal fantasies (for illustrative purposes only).

Bush's Christmas in July: Senate Passes FISA

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You know a legislative compromise is one-sided when the AP headline announcing its passage reads "Senate Bows to Bush." Democratic advocates of the new FISA bill, passed by the Senate on Wednesday, are still trying to explain what they got in exchange for rolling back a few civil liberties and burying some of the president's abuses. When they figure it out, someone, somewhere, will surely be listening.

Congress Holds Sensory-Deprived Session

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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.

CIA: Waterboarding Possibly Illegal

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CIA Director Michael Hayden told lawmakers Thursday that waterboarding is a useful technique but might not be "lawful under current statute." Hayden said his agency used waterboarding because of "misshaped and misformed" direction from Washington.

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One of the 20th century's greatest journalists, interviewers and storytellers is alive and working at age 95: Studs Terkel offers both the wisdom of age and keen insight into the issues of today.

NYT:  Bush Has Shredded Constitution Since 9/11

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In a scathing editorial on Sunday, The New York Times accused President Bush of playing on the nation's post-9/11 fears in order to justify violating our civil liberties and protecting big telecom companies implicated in his wiretapping scheme. The Bush camp "use[d] the nation's tragedy to grab ever more power for its vision of an imperial presidency," the Times editorial board charged.

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