52 of the 100 senators, including 8 Republicans, signed a letter in support of a Democratic-led bid to extend the provisions for just 3 months to provide time to resolve differences in a dispute pitting civil liberties against national security in th
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his lega
Just after being named House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., was invited to the White House for what he thought would be a get-acquainted meeting.
Google Earth has received attention of an unexpected sort. Officials of several nations have expressed alarm over its detailed display of government buildings, military installations and other sensitive sites within their borders.
The Whitehorse school group is among a list of more than 1,500 anti-war groups considered a risk to American security. They have been lumped in with other organizations such as the Florida Quakers and student unions from major American universities.
But they also indicated that they had a more fundamental concern: the tougher legal standard that must be met to satisfy the court. The 1978 law creating the secret tribunal, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, authorizes intelligence gatherin
In early 2002, President Bush secretly authorized the NSA to monitor international telephone calls and international email messages without any showing of probable cause to believe that a participant in the communication was involved in unlawful or t
A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program
The administration has been authorized to intercept phone calls and gather "signals intelligence" without warrants since shortly after September 11, when Congress authorized the president to "use all necessary and appropriate force**QQ
Counterterrorism agents at the FBI have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclose
A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on for
“First, it is quite likely that 96 Senators of 100 Senators, including 13 of 15 on the Senate Intelligence Committee first learned about this program in the New York Times, not from any Administration briefing.
President Bush, caught up in a domestic spying controversy, for the past two years has assured Americans worried about expanded government anti-terrorism powers that court orders were needed to tap telephones.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today demanded that Attorney General Gonzales appoint a special counsel to investigate the President’s apparent violation of law in asking the NSA to eavesdrop, without warrants, on Americans’ international phone cal
The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft's desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will n
Handwritten letter from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to Vice President Cheney regarding his concerns over a briefing on NSA domestic wiretapping, dated July 17th, 2003.
President Nixon, in 1971, made the same argument as President Bush makes today to justify domestic spying without the need for judicial approval, claiming their powers as Commander-in-Chief include overriding any law to preserve and protect the con
The U.S. House of Representatives early on Monday passed final legislation to ban the torture of detainees and voted to advance the Pentagon $50 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
FBI counterterrorism investigators are monitoring domestic U.S. advocacy groups engaged in antiwar, environmental, civil rights and other causes, the American Civil Liberties Union charged yesterday as it released new FBI records that it said detail
Its Directorate of Field Activities (DX) "assists in preserving the most critical defense assets, disrupting adversaries and helping control the intelligence domain," ... surveillance of potentially threatening people or organizations insid
Vice President Richard Cheney said the 9/11 attacks on the US could have been averted, if the government had the power to monitor electronic communications inside the country. 'It's the kind of capability if we'd had before 9/11 might hav
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Congress had essentially given President Bush the authority for domestic surveillance after the 9/11 attacks, defending Bush's decision not to seek warrants "we don't have the speed and the agility
President Bush on Monday said disclosure of his domestic eavesdropping program was a “shameful act” and said he will keep using it “for so long as the nation faces the continuing threat of an enemy that wants to kill American citizens.”
The President believes that he has the power to override the laws that Congress has passed. This isn't how our democratic system of government works. The President doesn't get to pick and choose which laws he wants to follow. He is president,
US authorities must be able to determine a person's previously used identities and past activities. Some U.S. government agencies have made exceptional progress with biometric technologies. Biometrics—automated methods recognize persons based on
The high-ranking intelligence official, said Sen. Graham is "misremembering the briefings," which in fact were "very, very comprehensive." They were intended "to make sure the Hill knows this program in its entirety, in order
James Bamford, author of two books on the National Security Agency, said "I didn't hear him specify any legal right, except his right as president, which in a democracy doesn't make much sense. What Bush said is he went around the law, w
The NSA first began to conduct warrantless eavesdropping on telephone calls and e-mail messages between the US and Afghanistan months before President Bush officially authorized a broader version of the agency's special domestic collection progra
"The president has authorized NSA to fully use its resources consistent with US law and the Constitution to defend the US and its citizens," the official said, adding that congressional leaders have also been briefed more than a dozen ti
House and Senate negotiators agreed to a measure that would enable the government to keep prisoners at Guantánamo Bay indefinitely bargaining with the Bush administration, Congressional negotiators eliminated an explicit ban on the use of torture der