This post will cover several items dealing with this situation.
First, Sean Hannity, his radio show and Fox News today out right lied about this matter involving President Bush authorizing domestic surveillance on U.S. citizens. Let me clear, there is a difference between wire taps on a U.S. citizen and a foreign terrorist. A terrorist is not allowed, and Democrats are not advocating they are allowed the same rights as a citizen of our nation. Mr. Hannity stated on his show that Democrats want for Security agencies to wait 72 hours before being permitted a warrant authorizing the to eyes dropping upon a U.S. citizen. This is a lie, current law states the exact opposite. Security Agencies can survey for 72 Hours before even applying for a warrant from the FISA Courts. This law is clear and Mr. Hannity who claims to be honest and a good American was & is fully aware of his misinformation on this important non-partisan issue. I hope he will correct his erroneous statements about this matter. I certainly will continue to post such misinformation on this web site.
Recent Reports show that the “NSA expanded spying before Bush’s ok”. Such letters clearly show there is something amuck within this program. A Special Independent Counsel must be convened to investigate the entirety and sovereignty of this matter. The Sarasota Tribune, a conservative newspaper reports (01/04/06) “The National Security Agency acted on its own authority, without a formal directive from President Bush, to expand its domestic surveillance operations in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, according to declassified documents released Tuesday.” Answers must be given to the public. This statements conflicts to those of President G.W. Bush, who said “ he authorized wire taps on 40 some individuals linked to terrorists”.
In addition, there is grave concern about the scope this program; reports show that U.S. Data-mining and Telecommunications Co. were involved. If so this Program was far more extensive then is being revealed to the Public. Not a program involving only 40 individuals but possibly billions of pieces of information collected on U.S. citizens, overseen by whom? Managed by whom? Authorized by whom?
G.W. Bush and recent comments by Dick Cheney hold the position the White House can act without oversight of the Courts or Congress under the current Declaration of War on Terror. If this is so, the entire United States would currently be under a state of martial law under the sole control of the White House. Is this the Declaration of War this Congress voting on? The answer is no, the President and Vice President are utilizing the resources of the U.S. Government outside the authorities granted to them. In my opinion they should be arrested immediately by the FBI.
Who authorized surveillance on U.S. citizens without a warrant, and who will be put in prison for 5 years as mandated by law for such a violation of the U.S. Constitution?
Your comments are welcome.
White House Acts to Cover-up scandal:
-Anthony Brooks, Checks & Balances Blog