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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

 

SPI: FISA court denials led to illegal wiretaps

By STEWART M. POWELL - SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON -- Government records show that the Bush administration was encountering unprecedented second-guessing by the secret Bushfederal surveillance court when President Bush, right, decided to bypass the panel and order surveillance of U.S.-based terror suspects without the court's approval.

A review of Justice Department reports to Congress shows that the 26-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court modified more wiretap requests from the Bush administration than from the four previous presidential administrations combined.

Full story, Seattle Post Intelligencer.

D.H.: President Bush flat-out lied about this. For the past two years, before these illegal wiretaps were exposed, Bush assured Americans that court orders were needed to tap telephones. He made remarks in one instance on April 19, 2004, in Hershey, Pennsylvania saying, "If you got a wiretap by court order -- and by the way, everything you hear about requires court order, requires there to be permission from a FISA court, for example." (AFP/File/Luke Frazza)


Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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