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Saturday, July 01, 2006

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 NSA spying has nothing to do with terrorism

Before the PATRIOT Act and before 9/11, Bush authorized domestic wiretapping:
The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

The allegation is part of a court filing adding AT&T, the nation's largest telephone company, as a defendant in a breach of privacy case filed earlier this month on behalf of Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. customers. The suit alleges that the three carriers, the NSA and President George W. Bush violated the Telecommunications Act of 1934 and the U.S. Constitution, and seeks money damages.

"The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11," plaintiff's lawyer Carl Mayer said in a telephone interview. "This undermines that assertion."

2 Comments:

Blogger vjack said...

Wow! That is some damning news. I'll be sure to help get the word out too. Thanks for posting.

8:50 AM  
Blogger gimster said...

While I do not support 'call monitoring', the assertion in the title that 'NSA spying has nothing to do with terrorism' is not a justified conclusion from what is quoted here. Terrorism has been in existence long before 9/11. What the report does suggest is that the administration isn't too good at coming up with excuses.

2:53 AM  

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