ACLU Asks For DOJ Investigation of NSA Whistleblower To Be Called Off

Crossposted from Stop the ACLU

ACLU Website

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Contact: Media@aclu.org

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today sharply criticized a Justice Department investigation into the disclosure of an illegal National Security Agency domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush.

In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as well as two full-page advertisements in the New York Times, the ACLU has called for the appointment of a special counsel to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance of domestic targets.

The following statement can be attributed to ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:

“President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law.”

“To avoid further charges of cronyism, Attorney General Gonzales should call off the investigation. Better yet, Mr. Gonzales ought to fulfill his own oath of office and appoint a special counsel to determine whether federal laws were violated.”

Unbelievable! This shows just how concerned the ACLU is with National Security, absolutely none. Why would the ACLU not want an investigation of sources leaking classified information? What other reason, than hatred of America could it be? What we need is an investigation of the ACLU.

Justice Department Opens NSA Leak Probe

Crossposted from Stop the ACLU

What can I say, besides “finally”?

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush’s secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday. The officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, said the inquiry will focus on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Times revealed the existence of the program two weeks ago in a front-page story that acknowledged the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.

Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for The Times, said the paper will not comment on the investigation.

ACLU Put Bash Bush Ad In NY Times

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

Propaganda

NEW YORK – In a full-page advertisement in today’s New York Times, the American Civil Liberties Union intensified its call for a special counsel to be appointed to determine whether President George W. Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance.

The ACLU said President Bush’s actions were a clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which was passed by Congress in response to revelations that former President Nixon was using “national security” claims to spy on American citizens he considered his “enemies.”

“President Nixon was not above the law and neither is President Bush,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “President Bush cannot use a claim of seeking to preserve our nation to undermine the rules that serve as our foundation. The Attorney General, who may have been involved with the formulation of this policy, must appoint a special counsel to let justice be served.”

The advertisement, as well as a similar ACLU ad that ran last Thursday, was spurred by revelations earlier this month that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct electronic surveillance of people within the United States, including U.S. citizens, without a warrant.

The text of today’s advertisement compares the words of President Nixon and President Bush, both of whom denied allegations of illegal spying. Next to the image of Nixon, the advertisement says: “He lied to the American people and broke the law.” Below that is an image of President Bush, with the words, “So did he.”

The FISA wiretapping law made it a crime to intentionally engage in electronic surveillance without court approval. The president clearly violated the law when he authorized, and then repeatedly reauthorized, the NSA to spy on Americans without first obtaining a warrant, the ACLU said.

In a formal request sent last week to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the ACLU called for the appointment of “an outside special counsel with the independence to investigate and prosecute any and all criminal acts committed by any member of the Executive Branch in the warrantless electronic surveillance of people in the United States over the past four years by the NSA,” noting that “such crimes are serious felonies and they need to be fully and independently investigated.”

It makes me sick. Groups like the the ACLU and CAIR wanting sensitive, classified information released is as irresponsible a position as I can think of. It would only lead to our enemies obtaining the information, and avoid the trap. Perhaps this is what the ACLU wants.

It isn’t what the vast amount of Americans want. Michelle Malkin points out the latest Rasmussen Reports.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

Blogs for Bush focus on the number of Democrats that support it. 51 % of Democrats support it.

Notice that the ACLU have already made up their mind that Bush is guilty? This is nothing but a political hit piece. Rick Moran focuses on the newest outgrowth from the controversy.

Via a commenter at Free Republic:

The problem is that groups such as the ACLU are hitting the airwaves and print media demanding an investigation into the Bush admin. Meanwhile Repubs are not demanding an investigation into WHO leaked this info. We need to get the message out loud and clear cause it doesn’t look like our Congress critters are going to. Sign the petition calling for an investigation into the national security leaks!

Others: Gateway Pundit

Justice Department Suing for Discrimination Against Whites in Mississippi

From an article in CBS News:

In overwhelmingly black and Democratic Noxubee County, Miss., everybody knows local Democratic Party Chairman Ike Brown.

Officials at the U.S. Justice Department know Brown too; they’re suing him.

Using the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the government has alleged that Brown and local elections officials discriminated against whites. It is the first time the Justice Department has ever claimed that whites suffered discrimination in voting because of race.

The Justice Department says Brown and local elections officials disenfranchised whites — challenging their voting status, rejecting their absentee ballots and telling voters to choose candidates according to race.

Brown says he has merely tried to keep white Republicans from voting in Democratic primaries. He says the lawuit is all political — an attempt to discredit him because the Democratic Party in eastern Mississippi has been doing so well at bringing new voters to the polls, which may mean someday soon that Mississippi, a red state, could turn blue.

“The Justice Department’s become an arm of the RNC,” Brown said.

The Justice Department would not comment, but county prosecutor Ricky Walker is a potential witness for the government. Walker was surprised when Brown recruited a black candidate who didn’t even live in the county to run against him. Walker, after all, is a Democrat.

“Mr. Brown seems to favor black candidates,” Walker said. “He’s always encouraged blacks to vote strictly for the black candidates.”

Brown is unapologetic.

He says some local white Democrats aren’t “true” Democrats.

“We support the black candidates because we’re sure they’re going to vote in the liberal interest,” Brown said.

Like so many things in Noxubee’s Macon community, opinions about the case divide along racial lines. Residents opined at Geneva’s Kitchen, a local restaurant, over soul food and sweet tea.

“I think Ike’s a pretty good man,” local resident Alonzo Phillips told ABC News.

“I guess he do target, you know, the Republicans, and they are white. Most of them,” said Geneva, the restaurant’s owner.

On Main Street, whites express a different sentiments: “I think Ike Brown is a racist,” said a white man.

“I think we’re getting a little dose of our ancestors’ medicine, if you want to know the truth,” said another.

I find this case very interesting. It has been my personal experience that many black Americans are very prejudiced against white people. I am not saying that this is the case here, but his own quote is racist. What do you think of this case?

49 Charged In Katrina Fraud Scam

From an AP article:

Forty-nine people have been indicted in a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims, federal authorities said.

At least 14 suspects worked at a Red Cross call center in Bakersfield and are accused of helping family and friends file false claims for aid money, said Mary Wenger, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott in Sacramento. Six have pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges, she said.

The fake claims drained at least $200,000 from the fund, with an average payout of about $1,000, Red Cross spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg said. The total could rise as the investigation continues.

The Bakersfield site is the largest of three Red Cross centers set up to handle hurricane calls. Others are in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Falls Church, Va. Operators provided qualifying victims with a personal identification number they then presented to receive aid funds from Western Union, authorities said.

The Red Cross contacted the FBI after it performed an audit of the call center and discovered an unusually high number of claims were being paid out at Western Union outlets in the Bakersfield area.

“It was the Red Cross that found this problem,” Jack McGuire, the national group’s interim president, said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.” “We put into effect these call centers to speed up delivery of support to people that needed it. As part of that, we put into place mechanisms to look for fraud up front and to find fraud after the fact.”

None of the indicted employees worked directly for the Red Cross.

Well, at least they found the problem themselves, and this just adds to my theory that con- artists are attracted to charities.

Israel bombs Training base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Lebanon

From an article in CNS News:

The Israeli air force pounded Palestinian terrorist targets in both Lebanon and the Gaza Strip overnight following rocket attacks on its civilian population.

At least three Katyusha rockets landed in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona late Tuesday evening, doing extensive damage and sending some residents into shock. One rocket landed in a stairwell, while another destroyed the living room of a home, injuring the family’s dog.

It was the first time a rocket landed in the Kiryat Shmona area since April 2002.

In response to the rocket attacks, the army said that it had carried out an aerial attack against Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon, targeting a training base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command (PFLP-GC), south of Beirut.

Good for them, the Palestinian radicals are never going to accept Israel’s presence in the Middle East.

MAIN INTERNATIONAL CONTINGENTS IN IRAQ

I thought you might like to see a map of how the coalition forces are deployed.

Troop Map Iraq

  • US: 155,000 troops
  • UK: 8,500
  • South Korea: 3,500
  • Italy: 2,900
  • Poland: 1,500
  • Australia: 1,370
  • Romania: 860
  • Georgia: 850
  • Japan: 550
  • Denmark: 530

Source: Reuters/Global Security; as of Dec 2005

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