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Bush Authorized Spying Multiple Times

More Abuse of Power - What a Shocker!

"Questions surround Bush, spying - President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the phone calls and e-mails of perhaps thousands of Americans. Senior intelligence officer says President personally gave NSA permission

NEW YORK - President Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001, a senior intelligence official said Friday night.

The disclosure follows angry demands by lawmakers earlier in the day for a congressional inquiry into whether the monitoring by the highly secretive National Security Agency violated civil liberties.

“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.

Bush on Friday refused to discuss whether he had authorized such domestic spying without obtaining warrants from a court, saying that to comment would tie his hands in fighting terrorists."

MSNBC.COM

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