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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.

President Bush addresses the Chicago Economic Cub at a luncheon during his stop in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6, 2006. Bush used his speech to prod Congress to extend his administration's tax cuts that are due to expire, and rattled off a string of recent government reports suggesting a growing U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Bonnie Trafelet, Pool)Over the past three weeks, President Bush [seen at left addressing the Chicago Economic Cub at a luncheon during his stop in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6. (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.

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.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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