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Sunday, June 11, 2006
Bush's Domestic Spying

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The controversy over the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program will reach another talking point for the American public on Monday.  The federal district court in Detroit is scheduled to hear the first legal arguments in the ACLU v. NSA lawsuit.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) for:

" ... violating the U.S. Constitution. The illegal NSA spying program authorized by President Bush just after September 11, 2001, allows the NSA to intercept vast quantities of the international telephone and Internet communications of innocent Americans without court approval."

The ACLU raises the concern that the executive branch has once again acted illegally.  Sadly, without any oversight by the GOP-controlled legislative branch, or judicial oversight, the Bush administration acts without any checks on its power to do whatever it pleases to the detriment of the citizens of the United States.  The executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, describes the basis for the lawsuit in this short MP3 podcast.

This issue is not just some anti-Bush cause for left-wing liberals.  Many conservatives have serious concerns about the Bush government's ongoing and unchecked erosion of constitutionally protected rights of U.S. citizens.  Experts in law enforcement and intelligence even pan the NSA program as simply a flawed method to protect America from terrorists, despite the Bushworld bumper sticker sloganism.  Personally, I know a fair bit about the intelligence apparatus in the government.  Most people do not.  James Bramford, author of "The Puzzle Palace," explains what the NSA is likely doing and how it could affect you in this short MP3 podcast.

If this issue is of interest to you, check out the ACLU Town Hall video Webcast on Sunday, June 11th at 7pm.  You could even ask the panel a question, if you like.  You can participate in the Webcast by going to

Sunday's townhall webcast will be the third meeting the ACLU has hosted.  Today, I watched the first town hall meeting that the ACLU held in Washington D.C. on February 20th.  The distinguished panel covered a range of issues.  Links to archived video are on the bottom of the /presidentialpower web page.

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Posted at 05:58 am by John Furie Zacharias

June 12, 2006   11:07 AM PDT
Excellent entry, John...I just saw this, so missed the June 11th ACLU webcast, but I'll definitely view the podcasts you linked.

I'm glad you're here, big guy.
J f Z
June 12, 2006   12:33 PM PDT
The site claims they will have a video file up in a day or so covering the June 11th town hall meeting. The other two I watched were very informative, so I'll be looking forward to seeing this third one.

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