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Bush To America-Congress Better Cooperate With Me Or We'll All Die

14 February 2008 at 3:51:00 PM

I watched Bush stride out into his office via teevee last night and almost the first words out of his mouth were a threat to Americans, about how we'll all die because of terrorists. Doesn't he realize that the American public is TIRED of our leaders attempting to use fear to get what they want? Anyway, USA Today article talks about his scare tactics re: the spying act.

It's regrettable that the Senate, including 19 Democrats, rolled over to the demands of the administration and telecommunication lobby. History shows that when judicial oversight is reduced, government agencies' snooping inevitably extends beyond national security threats to political opponents, journalists, protesters and other domestic annoyances. When an administration tries to end run the law, telecommunication companies should be a crucial last line of resistance to protect your privacy.

In this case, though, most of the companies knuckled under after being told that the president had authorized surveillance and that the attorney general had certified it was lawful. But the law at the time — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — was explicit. Intercepting phone calls and e-mails when one end of the communication is in the USA required a warrant from the special FISA court, which approves more than 99% of applications. There were limited exceptions, but "the president says it's OK " was not one of them.

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