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2006-01-20 11:10:00

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON -- The White House is launching an aggressive effort to defend a domestic eavesdropping program prior to congressional hearings that are to delve into whether President George W. Bush overstepped his authority. White House officials said on Friday that Bush will visit the National Security Agency next Wednesday as part of the effort. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA, will give a speech at the National Press Club on Monday and Attorney General...

2006-01-19 17:55:27

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department, facing lawsuits and congressional hearings on President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, sought on Thursday to persuade congressional leaders the surveillance was lawful and did not violate civil liberties. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who plans to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on February 6, sent a report to Capitol Hill outlining the legal basis for the National Security...

2006-01-18 18:00:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group that advocates privacy rights said on Wednesday it planned to sue the Justice Department to win the public release of documents related to President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, is the latest of a number of civil liberties organizations to take the federal government to court over the domestic spying program, which has caused an outcry among Republicans and Democrats alike. The...

2006-01-17 13:58:54

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two U.S. civil liberties groups filed lawsuits on Tuesday challenging the legality of President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program and demanding the practice be ended immediately. White House spokesman Scott McClellan defended Bush's authorization of domestic eavesdropping as legal, saying it was aimed at detecting and preventing attacks by al Qaeda. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the National Security...

2006-01-17 08:52:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the months following the September 11 attacks, the National Security Agency sent a torrent of names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the FBI that swamped the agency but led in virtually every case to dead ends or innocent Americans, The New York Times reported on Monday. FBI officials complained repeatedly to the secretive spy agency, which was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on the international phone and Internet communications of...

2006-01-17 01:30:00

WASHINGTON -- In the months following the September 11 attacks, the National Security Agency sent a torrent of names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the FBI that swamped the agency but led in virtually every case to dead ends or innocent Americans, The New York Times reported on Monday. FBI officials complained repeatedly to the secretive spy agency, which was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on the international phone and Internet communications of targeted Americans. The...

2006-01-16 15:05:00

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Al Gore called on Monday for an independent counsel to investigate whether President George W. Bush broke the law in authorizing domestic eavesdropping without court approval. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to testify in Senate hearings, expected next month, to give the administration's legal justification for the secret domestic eavesdropping operation. "A special counsel should be immediately appointed by the attorney...

2006-01-15 13:21:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said Bush in theory could face impeachment charges if found to have violated the law by authorizing the program, but he did not endorse that approach and had heard no serious talk of it. News of the...

2006-01-13 16:08:23

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday he will testify in a Senate hearing to give the administration's legal justification for a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. News last month of the covert domestic spying program sparked an outcry by Democrats and Republicans, with many lawmakers and rights groups questioning whether it violates the U.S....

2006-01-13 14:05:08

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify in a Senate hearing on the legal reasons behind a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, a Justice Department official said on Friday. "The attorney general is planning to testify on the NSA (National Security Agency) activities recently described by the president," the official said. "Because of the importance and value...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.