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Friday, January 13, 2006

Bush Started Peeping In Your Ear Before 911

The following article at Truthout links to a declassified NSA document that shows that Bush ordered the NSA to spy on Americans well before the threat of terrorism provided grounds for its use.

This contradicts statements by Bush that he only allowed the NSA to spy on Americans after 911. ...

According to Jason Leopold at Truthout:

Still, one thing that appears to be indisputable is that the NSA surveillance began well before 9/11 and months before President Bush claims Congress gave him the power to use military force against terrorist threats, which Bush says is why he believed he had the legal right to bypass the judicial process.

According to the online magazine Slate, an unnamed official in the telecom industry said NSA's "efforts to obtain call details go back to early 2001, predating the 9/11 attacks and the president's now celebrated secret executive order. The source reports that the NSA approached U.S. carriers and asked for their cooperation in a 'data-mining' operation, which might eventually cull 'millions' of individual calls and e-mails."
If Congress does not begin impeachment proceedings on Bush for this and other "high crimes and misdemenaors," it is time that voters replace them.

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