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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Spying and Lying Too



On Friday, both President Bush and Condoleezza Rice said they couldn't confirm whether or not the NSA was spying on Americans because it would compromise National Security. Today Bush decided it was necessary to do the opposite by admitting to the criminal activity (while not admitting that the activity was in fact criminal, mind you) during his weekly radio address (video thanks to Canofun).

And for the record:
FISA makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance except as provided for by statute. The only defense is for law government agents engaged in official duties conducting "surveillance authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order." [50 U.S.C. § 1809]
Interesting. Why the sudden flip?

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