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2005

Eavesdropping: Back to the future

National Ledger
by William Fisher

12/22/05

President Bush's do-it-yourself eavesdropping notwithstanding, the Pentagon could soon have legal authority to 'covertly' gather intelligence on American citizens in the United States -- a power taken from them because of excesses during the Vietnam War. The Senate Intelligence Committee, meeting in closed session, last month quietly approved a request from the Department of Defense (DOD) to allow it to conduct surveillance operations within American Muslim communities. The DOD said the cooperation of these communities could help fight insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

... But civil liberties groups and leaders of the Muslim community say the Pentagon is using the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to resume the domestic spying powers that Congress banned after those powers were used to spy on Americans during the Vietnam era...

//www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_27262269.shtml


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