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2006-02-05 11:29:43

By Jackie Frank WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. domestic eavesdropping program targets only people suspected of ties to al Qaeda and there is no broad net cast over Americans' communications overseas, the architect of the effort said on Sunday. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, deputy director of intelligence, said on "Fox News Sunday," "this isn't a drift net ... This is very specific and very targeted when it comes to the collection of the content of communications coming in or leaving...

2006-01-27 07:55:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than half of Americans approve of the White House's domestic eavesdropping program to fight terrorism, but nearly two-thirds worry that Americans' civil liberties could be threatened by U.S. antiterrorism programs, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll. The poll, published in Friday's New York Times, found Americans were more accepting of the surveillance program if they believed it was intended to protect them. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed...

2006-01-26 23:33:07

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush insisted on Thursday his decision to allow spying on Americans' international telephone calls was legal and said he would resist changing laws governing such action if it meant revealing secrets to an enemy. Democrats and some Republicans question the legality of Bush's decision, taken after the September 11 attacks, to authorize eavesdropping without court approval if one of the parties on the call was suspected of...

2006-01-26 23:25:00

WASHINGTON -- More than half of Americans approve of the White House's domestic eavesdropping program to fight terrorism, but nearly two-thirds worry that Americans' civil liberties could be threatened by U.S. antiterrorism programs, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll. The poll, published in Friday's New York Times, found Americans were more accepting of the surveillance program if they believed it was intended to protect them. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they approved...

2006-01-26 14:06:11

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Thursday insisted his decision to allow spying on Americans' international telephone calls was legal and said he would resist changing laws governing such action if it meant revealing secrets to an enemy. Democrats and some Republicans question the legality of Bush's decision, taken after the September 11 attacks, to authorize eavesdropping without court approval if one of the parties on the call was suspected of...

2006-01-23 16:50:19

By Steve Holland MANHATTAN, Kansas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush rejected charges his domestic eavesdropping program was illegal on Monday, while other administration officials said the war on terrorism has made the federal law on electronic surveillance outdated. Bush appeared on stage at Kansas State University as part of a White House public relations campaign to defend a National Security Agency spying program that has raised an outcry among Democrats and Republicans who...

2006-01-23 13:36:13

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. intelligence official on Monday said President George W. Bush's warrantless spying program was necessary because the war on terrorism has rendered laws governing electronic surveillance ineffective. As part of a high-profile White House campaign to defend the controversial program, former National Security Agency director Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden said eavesdropping was not as wide-ranging as has been described by critics who say...

2006-01-22 15:25:00

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON -- U.S. surveillance laws should be reviewed and possibly rewritten to allow the type of eavesdropping that U.S. President George W. Bush has been criticized for authorizing, lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday. Democrats and some Republicans have said the Bush administration's classified warrantless eavesdropping program is illegal. The White House has strongly defended the National Security Agency surveillance as both legal and essential. The Senate...

2006-01-22 15:20:00

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON -- U.S. surveillance laws should be reviewed and possibly rewritten to allow the type of eavesdropping that U.S. President George W. Bush has been criticized for authorizing, lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday. Democrats and some Republicans have said the Bush administration's classified warrantless eavesdropping program is illegal. The White House has strongly defended the National Security Agency surveillance as both legal and essential. The Senate...

2006-01-20 17:23:54

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday rejected Democratic complaints about President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program and prepared a high-profile campaign next week to defend it ahead of a Senate hearing. Bush will visit the National Security Agency on Wednesday as part of the effort. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA, will make a speech at the National Press Club on Monday and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will speak...


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