Saturday, January 07, 2006
AP: Poll says warrants needed even to eavesdrop terrorists
By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer - 44 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if those calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows.
Over the past three weeks, AP Photo/Bonnie Trafelet, Pool)] and top aides have defended the electronic monitoring program they secretly launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, as a vital tool to protect the nation from al-Qaida and its affiliates.[seen at left addressing the Chicago Economic Cub at a luncheon during his stop in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6. (
Yet 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism.
Agreeing with the White House, some 42 percent of those surveyed do not believe the court approval is necessary.
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