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Dez
2005

Shocked Lawmakers Demand Spy Program Probe

By KATHERINE SHRADER
Associated Press Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, December 16, 2005

Dismayed lawmakers demanded on Friday that Congress look into whether the highly secretive National Security Agency was granted new powers to eavesdrop without warrants on people inside the United States.

"There is no doubt that this is inappropriate," declared Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He promised hearings early next year.

President Bush refused to discuss whether he had authorized such domestic spying, saying to comment would tie his hands in fighting terrorists.

Nor would other officials confirm or deny whether the nation's largest spy agency was permitted to gather communications from Americans under a presidential directive signed in 2002.

Instead, they asserted in careful terms that the president would do everything in his power to protect the American people while safeguarding civil liberties. [...] Oh, how they lie... Read the whole article at San Franciso Chronicle, sfgate.com. http://tinyurl.com/9eye7


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