Time Magazine uncritically prints Nancy Pelosi’s “justifications” for the FISA “compromise”

It’s hardly news that Time Magazine’s principal function is uncritically to amplify false claims from government officials, but this article by Massimo Calabresi — entitled “Behind the Compromise on Spying” — is such a masterpiece in spouting simplistic government propaganda and rank falsehoods that it is revealing on numerous levels.

Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

NSA Spying: What Did Pelosi Know?

According to new revelations from telecommunications company Qwest, the origins of the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program predated the 9/11 attacks by seven months. That would mean the terror attacks became a convenient post-facto rationalization for what the White House already wanted to do. But — former CIA analyst Ray McGovern asks — what did Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats know then and what will they do about it now?

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  

When secrets are secret

A COURT challenge to the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program has run squarely into a comic-book caricature of a monolithic government slapping aside all challenges to its power by invoking the Kafkaesque distortion of the legal system inherent in the concept of “state secrets.”

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:38 pm  Comments (3)  

Court Rejects ACLU Domestic Spying Suit

A divided federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit Friday challenging President Bush’s domestic spying program without ruling on the issue of whether warrantless wiretapping is legal.

Documents Offer Unflattering View of CIA

Little-known documents now being made public detail illegal and scandalous activities by the CIA more than 30 years ago: wiretappings of journalists, kidnappings, warrantless searches and more.

Unflattering? That’s a nice way to put it.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Senate Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas For NSA Domestic Spying Documents

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-3 to authorize chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to issue subpoenas for documents related to the NSA warrantless surveillance program.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Gonzales’s Signature Moment

Now we learn that Gonzales also was willing to accost a seriously ill man in his hospital room to get his signature on a dodgy justification for unprecedented domestic surveillance.

by Eugene Robinson

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who could have imagined that Ashcroft could look like a civil liberties hero?

That is how far we’ve come…
Never say it can’t get worse. That is what Bushco has taught me.

Ashcroft Opposed Taps

Bush Goons Stalk Ashcroft In the Hospital to Authorize Illegal Program

Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Warrantless Wiretaps Sought

A lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program should be thrown out because the government is now conducting the wiretaps under the authority of a secret intelligence court, according to court papers filed by the Justice Department yesterday.


Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

War on Nation’s Judges

Is the Bush Administration purging judges who are unfavorable to the White House…and how are they replacing those Judges?

Keith Olbermann with Jonathan Turley.

Court to Oversee U.S. Wiretapping in Terror Cases

The Bush administration, in a surprise reversal, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to give a secret court jurisdiction over the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and would end its practice of eavesdropping without warrants on Americans suspected of ties to terrorists.

Published in: on January 17, 2007 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Activists on the Left Applying Pressure to Democratic Leaders

Liberals Seek Bolder Approach to War, Spying

Published in: on January 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Demanding answers, defending privacy

James “Doug” Cowie, 75, is using state laws and state agencies to try to bring accountability to what the National Security Agency is doing with warrantless wiretapping.

Published in: on January 1, 2007 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment