The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, passed after the intelligence community came under fire for spying on Americans during the Nixon era, gives government — with approval from a secretive U.S. court — the authority to conduct covert wiretaps and surveillance of suspected terrorists and spies.Originally Posted by Bortaz
Bush has bypassed said court since 2002.
NYTWASHINGTON, Dec. 15th - Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.
Amazingly, when confronted with this information, Bush lashed out today at those who revealed this information and, furthermore, arrogantly stated that he will continue to break the law.
Say what you like ... it appears to me that King George II just said "**** you" to the New York Times, the Senate, and the Constitution of the United States of America.
Some say it's not the first time ...
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18-12-2005, 00:12 #31
18-12-2005, 00:15 #32Originally Posted by llad12
Thanks for the info.
18-12-2005, 19:06 #33
Have you heard the BS Condi Rice spewed to Tim Russert today on Meet the Press? It is laughable.
We are a nation of laws. President Bush broke the law. He is trampling over our constitutionally-guaranteed civil liberties as we speak.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized ... Amendment IV - US Constitution
Where are our OTF right-wing pundits on this issue? Their silence is deafening.
18-12-2005, 19:09 #34Originally Posted by llad12
18-12-2005, 19:48 #35Originally Posted by llad12
18-12-2005, 20:12 #36Originally Posted by Stevinator
Originally Posted by Stevinator
Tell me Steve, in what way does it make you feel a little better? Nothing has been done. The illegal, unauthorized-court surveillance of American citizens continues on ... even as we speak.
The Bush administration is continuing its assault on Americans' privacy and freedom in the name of the war on terrorism.
First, in 2002, according to extensive reporting in The New York Times on Friday, it secretly authorized the National Security Agency to intercept and keep records of Americans' international phone and e-mail messages without benefit of a previously required court order. Second, it has permitted the Department of Defense to get away with not destroying after three months, as required, records of American Iraq war protesters in the Pentagon's Threat and Local Observation Notice, or TALON, database ...
The White House needs to tell the Pentagon promptly to destroy the records of protesters as required, within three months. It also needs promptly to tell the NSA to return to following the rules, to get the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before monitoring Americans' communications. The idea that all of this is being done to us in the name of national security doesn't wash; that is the language of a police state. Those are the unacceptable actions of a police state.
18-12-2005, 20:58 #37
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Looks like Emperor Palpatine got his fingers caught in the cookie jar again.
One reporter asked whether the NSA was extrajudicially spying on anti-war groups. Amazingly, the White House gave no comment.
Holy crap. It's Nixon all over again.
18-12-2005, 23:09 #38Originally Posted by jimmyboy
19-12-2005, 00:28 #39
In case someone is interested: the following are criminal sanctions for violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
(a) Prohibited activities
A person is guilty of an offense if he intentionally—
(1) engages in electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute; or
(2) discloses or uses information obtained under color of law by electronic surveillance, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through electronic surveillance not authorized by statute.
It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (a) of this section that the defendant was a law enforcement or investigative officer engaged in the course of his official duties and the electronic surveillance was authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
An offense described in this section is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.
(d) Federal jurisdiction
There is Federal jurisdiction over an offense under this section if the person committing the offense was an officer or employee of the United States at the time the offense was committed.
19-12-2005, 01:08 #40
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If he truly said those things about the Constitution, it's sickening.
I understand the reasoning behind domestic spying, but I don't understand why he would disregard a secret court about the matter, since it would net the same results anyway. But I suppose a lot of things in this world don't make sense. :Shrug: