Surveillance act sets dangerous future precedent

Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

Congress all too willing to give NSA a free pass

Freedom Newspapers Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania says he has negotiated a deal with the White House to support a bill that would submit the administration’s controversial no-warrant National Security Agency surveillance to a court for constitutional review. It’s hardly clear that this is a healthy step toward greater respect for American […]

Investigation could have shed light on spying

Freedom Newspapers The Senate Intelligence Committee, in deciding last week not to conduct a full investigation of President Bush’s long-secret program authorizing warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency, has abdicated its responsibilities. In agreeing to a compromise that would allow a few more senators and House members to be briefed on the […]

Legality of spy program deserves serious look

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s administration has been conducting a full-court offensive to persuade Americans that the program of surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency without a warrant was not only legal but virtually obligatory after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The campaign is no doubt intended to soften public opinion in advance of […]