Friday, December 23, 2005

Spying & Denying

President Bush claims his authority for tapping phone calls and emails without a warrant stemmed from Congress' authorization to use force against terrorists after 9/11.

But former Sen Tom Daschle (D-SD) says the President asked for authority to wage war "in the United States" -- and Congress rejected it in the aftermath of 9/11.

Mr Daschle sponsored the Senate measure allowing President Bush to strike against terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world after the 9/11 attacks. He made his comments in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports that the President appears to have ordered the NSA to monitor every international phone call and e-mail of all Americans since his 2002 order. (WashPost/Boston Globe/Seattle P-I)

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