January 25, 2006 |
Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales defended President Bush's domestic spying program Tuesday. Speaking to students at Georgetown University's law school, Gonzales said a 15-day grace period allowing warrantless eavesdropping under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act demonstrated that Congress knew such surveillance "would be essential in wartime." But Gonzales said following that law would overly burden the government with paperwork and other requirements when it needed to respond quickly.
June 9, 2006 |
Vice President Dick Cheney told the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Thursday that he was willing to work with Congress on new rules governing the administration's anti-terrorism eavesdropping program. But Cheney stopped short of promising any action as he responded to a terse letter from Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) the day before. Cheney said a final decision on any bill would be up to the president.
June 27, 1992 |
A former assistant dean at Stanford University has been sentenced to four years probation for secretly videotaping women as they undressed in his campus apartment. A Municipal Court judge sentenced Keith Archuleta on Thursday, after Archuleta's lawyer entered a no contest plea on his behalf to misdemeanor charges of electronic eavesdropping. He also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
January 18, 2006 |
Two lawsuits filed Tuesday in federal courts seek to end President Bush's electronic eavesdropping program, saying it is illegal and exceeds his constitutional powers. The lawsuits -- one filed in New York by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the other in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups -- say the program bypasses safeguards in a 1978 law requiring court approval of electronic monitoring.
January 4, 2006
Re "Bush Says Terrorism Warrants Spying in U.S.," Jan. 2 President Bush justifies secret electronic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency with the statement: "We are at war with an enemy who wants to hurt us again." Because there is no way to know if and when such a war is over or even when this enemy is disabled, then this eavesdropping must be permanent and ongoing, yes? Goodbye, land of the free! Oh, brave new world, a la Orwell. NANCY PALTER Los Angeles Re "Leak in Domestic Spy Program Investigated," Dec. 31 I find it appalling that the Justice Department has launched an investigation into who leaked classified information regarding President Bush's secret domestic spying program, instead of investigating why the program exists in the first place.
January 24, 2006 |
President Bush said Monday that spying on people in the United States by the National Security Agency and soon-to-expire elements of the Patriot Act were legal means to fight terrorism as he made a public embrace of the programs aimed at turning them to political advantage.
December 20, 2005 |
President Bush launched a bristling counteroffensive Monday against critics of his domestic anti-terrorism policies, saying it was "inexcusable" for the Senate to delay renewal of the Patriot Act and insisting that his decision to order electronic eavesdropping without court approval was legal and proper.
March 1, 2008 |
Under pressure to end an impasse over espionage legislation, House Democrats are considering a plan to vote on a bill next week that would give the government broad new eavesdropping authorities but strip out a provision that would protect phone companies from lawsuits.