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Bush Authorized Spying on Americans

by RonChusid

While Bush claims to be spreading democracy to justify his actions in Iraq, the New York Times reports on yet another of his actions to decrease liberty at home:

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.

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible “dirty numbers” linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval was a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.

2 Responses to “Bush Authorized Spying on Americans”

  1. Stop the War on Terror….its killin us.

    Operation Enduring Freedom for Iraq… Operation undoing freedom for the US

    1776 … Patriots act to secure liberties
    2006 … Patriot Act to end liberties

    1776 … No Indians Allowed
    1956 … No Blacks Allowed
    2006 … No Mexicans Allowed

    1776 … Constitutional Right
    1966 … Civil Right
    2006 … Christian Right

  2. Frank S. Hood Says:

    Great analogies – on the money and very frightening.