Truth to Power

Oh, it was ok in 2002

Another administration lie crumbles:

In 2002, Justice Department said eavesdropping law working well

By Jonathan S. Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON – A July 2002 Justice Department statement to a Senate committee appears to contradict several key arguments that the Bush administration is making to defend its eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law governing such operations, was working well, the department said in 2002. A “significant review” would be needed to determine whether FISA’s legal requirements for obtaining warrants should be loosened because they hampered counterterrorism efforts, the department said then.

President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other top officials now argue that warrantless eavesdropping is necessary in part because complying with the FISA law is too burdensome and impedes the government’s ability to rapidly track communications between suspected terrorists.

In its 2002 statement, the Justice Department said it opposed a legislative proposal to change FISA to make it easier to obtain warrants that would allow the super-secret National Security Agency to listen in on communications involving non-U.S. citizens inside the United States.

Today, senior U.S. officials complain that FISA prevents them from doing that. </i>

So, FISA was ok in 2002? But not now?

What is King George hiding here? Exactly WHO are they spying upon, because it can’t be “terrorists”- the law covers that already.

Oh yeah, as to why the Justice Department didn’t sign on to the lowered standards for FISA? Because it was probably unconstitutional to do so.

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