America & The "Police State"
Secretly Spying On Anti-Iraq War Protesters - ??? - :-o :-o :-o
Secretly Spying On Anti-Iraq War Protesters ???
The President Took A Step Toward A "Police State" - Post Gazette
"The Bush administration is continuing its assault on Americans' privacy and freedom in the name of the war on terrorism."
"...secretly authorized the National Security Agency to intercept and keep records of Americans' international phone and e-mail messages without benefit of a previously required court order. Second, it has permitted the Department of Defense to get away with not destroying after three months, as required, records of American Iraq war protesters in the Pentagon's Threat and Local Observation Notice, or TALON, database."
"Such action is not supposed to be taken without an application to and an order approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Mr. Bush issued an executive order in 2002, months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, removing -- secretly -- that legal safeguard of Americans' privacy and civil rights."
"The Pentagon's action as part of TALON will be put forward as an oversight, but the idea of the Department of Defense maintaining files on American war protesters, perhaps with easy cross-reference to the NSA's records based on the results of their monitoring of phone calls and e-mails of potentially those same protesters, makes possible a very serious violation of Americans' civil rights."
Thank God for "Freedom Of Speech"...
Freedom is to understand, & to be unbounded by that Freedom -
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