Cheny Pushed for Warrantless Listening to Domestic Phone Calls

The New York Times reports Sunday:

In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants in the hunt for terrorists, according to two senior intelligence officials.

But N.S.A. lawyers, trained in the agency's strict rules against domestic spying and reluctant to approve any eavesdropping without warrants, insisted that it should be limited to communications into and out of the country, said the officials, who were granted anonymity to discuss the debate inside the Bush administration late in 2001.

According to a source, there was a debate:

If people suspected of links to Al Qaeda made calls inside the United States, the vice president and Mr. Addington thought eavesdropping without warrants "could be done and should be done," one of them said. He added: "That's not what the N.S.A. lawyers think."

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    Re: Cheny Pushed for Warrantless Listening to Dome (none / 0) (#1)
    by jondee on Sat May 13, 2006 at 12:48:01 PM EST
    The keeper at the reptile house just rang the feeding bell. They can pick up frequencies that we cant.

    Re: Cheny Pushed for Warrantless Listening to Dome (none / 0) (#2)
    by glanton on Sat May 13, 2006 at 01:22:47 PM EST
    Man, the graphic represetnations of these threads keep getting better and better. This particular graphic evolves from the tragiocomic to the sublime once you realize that those Uhmerrikahn people on the other side of the "constitutional hole" are 'wholly' complicit in their own ensnarement.