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2006-01-07 10:54:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A report by a research arm of Congress on Friday concluded the administration's justification for eavesdropping authorized by President George W. Bush conflicts with existing law, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The Congressional Research Services report, the first nonpartisan findings on the program to date, rejects key assertions made by Bush and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales about the president's authority to order the eavesdropping into...

2006-01-07 01:25:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A report by a research arm of Congress on Friday concluded the administration's justification for eavesdropping authorized by President George W. Bush conflicts with existing law, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The Congressional Research Services report, the first nonpartisan findings on the program to date, rejects key assertions made by Bush and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales about the president's authority to order the eavesdropping into...

2006-01-06 19:15:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Security Agency told employees last month that NSA officials had not violated U.S. law by participating in an agency program that eavesdrops on U.S. citizens without judicial oversight, newly released documents show. "Media coverage surmises that administration and agency officials may have acted unlawfully -- notions I reject, categorically!" NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander assured agency employees in a December 22 message. He...

2006-01-01 14:35:28

By Tabassum Zakaria SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - President George W. Bush defended domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency on Sunday after a newspaper report on resistance within the Justice Department prompted a new call for top officials to testify to the Senate about the secret program. The New York Times reported on Sunday that James Comey, a deputy to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, was concerned about the legality of the NSA program and refused to extend it in...

2006-01-01 11:58:43

By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top White House and Justice Department officials should be called to testify before a U.S. Senate committee investigating a secret domestic eavesdropping program, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said on Sunday. Schumer's comments followed a report in Sunday's New York Times that James Comey, a deputy to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, was concerned about the legality of the National Security Agency's surveillance program and refused to extend...

2006-01-01 01:45:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Data swept up by the U.S. National Security Agency's controversial eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been sent to sister federal agencies for cross-checking with other databases, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. Citing current and former administration officials whom it did not identify, the Post said the NSA had handed such information to the Defense Intelligence Agency among other government offices. Information from...

2005-12-30 11:38:35

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating who disclosed a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, officials said on Friday. "We are opening an investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified materials related to the NSA," an official said on condition of anonymity. Earlier this month, Bush acknowledged the program and called its disclosure to The New York...

2005-12-27 20:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Federal applications for a special U.S. court to authorize secret surveillance rose sharply after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and the panel required changes to the requests at an even greater rate, government documents show. President George W. Bush acknowledged this month he had secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone conversations and e-mail of Americans suspected of links to terrorists without approval from the Foreign...

2005-12-27 15:32:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal applications for a special U.S. court to authorize secret surveillance rose sharply after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and the panel required changes to the requests at a even greater rate, government documents show. President George W. Bush acknowledged this month that he had secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone conversations and e-mail of Americans suspected of links to terrorists without approval...

2005-12-21 08:02:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of U.S. President George W. Bush's authorization of a domestic spying program, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Citing two sources, the newspaper reported U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISA, sent his resignation to Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday. The...