Friday, December 23, 2005

Bush Administration Defends Spying Program

"WASHINGTON - The Bush administration formally defended its domestic spying program in a letter to Congress late Thursday saying the nation's security outweighs privacy concerns of individuals who are monitored. In a letter to the chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees, the Justice Department said President Bush authorized electronic surveillance without first obtaining a warrant in an effort to thwart terrorist acts against the United States.

"There is undeniably an important and legitimate privacy interest at stake with respect to the activities described by the president," wrote Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella. "That must be balanced, however, against the government's compelling interest in the security of the nation."

President Bush has acknowledged he authorized such surveillance and repeatedly has defended it in recent days.

But Moschella's letter was the administration's first public notice to Congress about the program in which electronic surveillance was conducted without the approval of a secret court created to examine requests for wiretaps and searches in the most sensitive terrorism and espionage cases.

Moschella maintained that Bush acted legally when he authorized the National Security Agency to go around the court to conduct electronic surveillance of international communications into and out of the United States by suspects tied to al-Qaida or its affiliates.

Moschella relied on a Sept. 18, 2001, congressional resolution, known as the Authorization to Use Military Force, as primary legal justification for Bush's creation of a domestic spying program. He said Bush's powers as commander-in-chief give the president "the responsibility to protect the nation.""


Anonymous D said...

Well thats it, Could you imagine, me talking to folks in Australia, just for fun, and being listened 2? A book for sure.. LOL

Happy Holidays

11:50 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Hi D,

You better be careful with those crazy auzzies, you never know with these people. They get drunk and call random number in the states, just for fun! I can imagine that it drives the NSA crazy trying to find the connection, there asking themselves Why? You probably have hundred of agents running around trying to connect the dots, the only problem is that the only dots are beer and boredom.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely, And Outrageously Sad, to think, so many people and CLUELESS?? It's amazing how things just happen in our lives, How we connect to one another, (especially with a little help from our friends) giving people in other countries our phone #'s, just for fun).. Nonetheless, it's amazing,,, I honestly Pray for all of The People in this world, no matter what the situation, no matter what race, financial situation, A little Positive Mental Attitude goes a long way!!! Stay strong.....

Your Blog Rocks

2:13 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

" giving people in other countries our phone #'s, just for fun).. "

I'm never going to live that one down am I? But in my own defense, I have to say that they wanted to talk to you, they called me by mistake, it was you they were looking for, they just got their wires crossed, somehow and called me, but they did not want to talk to me. It was fate that brought them to me just to find you. I rest my case.

"Your Blog Rocks"

Thanks, the check's in the mail.

1:03 PM  

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