Another law broken by the Bush administration?

Buzzflash, in their inimitable way, pretty well said it all this morning…

“Bush, Taking a Page from the East German Stasi Secret Police, Ordered Secret Wiretaps on Americans (Perhaps in the Thousands), Without Court Approval. Gulags, the Pentagon Spying on Americans, Unauthorized White House Wiretaps on American Citizens, Our Library Books investigated, Rampant Torture. Al Qaeda Doesn’t Need to End Our Democracy; Bush Has Done It For Them. Stalin Would be Proud. (Also, NYT Delayed Report for a Year.)”

They’ve moved on to another header by now, but the story this one refers to is here and here:

President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign
nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying, sources with knowledge of the program said last night.

The super-secretive NSA, which has generally been barred from domestic spying except in narrow circumstances involving foreign nationals, has monitored the e-mail, telephone calls and other communications of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of people under the program, the New York Times disclosed last night.

And the follow-up here — what Bush has done is probably illegal. (See here, too.) And what the Times did – sitting on a story like this for a full election year – should be.


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