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Bush surveilled his own poodle

FT:

The US government eavesdropped on Tony Blair while he was British prime minister, according to claims made by a former employee of the National Security Agency.

ABC News on Monday reported that the NSA had eavesdropped on Mr Blair and Ghazi al-Yawer, the first Iraqi president following the 2003 invasion. The White House did not respond to inquiries.

Making the allegations to ABC, David Faulk, a former NSA Arabic linguist who worked for the spy agency at Fort Gordon, Georgia, claimed to have had access to a top secret database called “Anchory” in 2006 that included personal details about Mr Blair.

Last month, Mr Faulk and another former NSA em­ployee provided a rare glimpse into the veiled world of the NSA, by revealing that the spy agency had spied on journalists, soldiers, and non-governmental or­ganisations, including the In­ter­national Committee of the Red Cross. They told ABC that the NSA routinely spied on Americans by listening to private conversations, including pillow talk and, in some cases, phone sex.

I missed that one. Damn.

The revelations have provided glimpses into the secret and warrantless domestic spying programme that Mr Bush approved in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks on the US.

When that domestic spying programme first came to light in 2005, the White House provided a vigorous defence, arguing that it was necessary to protect the US from terrorism.

Michael Hayden, the former NSA director who now heads the Central Intelligence Agency, insisted that the programme did not violate the rights of ordinary Americans.

Well, when it comes to the Constitution and the rule of law, aren't we all "ordinary Americans"?

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Submitted by Damon on

Really, kind of unrelated, and the Detroit Free Press' Rochelle Riley is an Obamabot to the hilt, but she openly called for Bush's impeachment, yesterday:

For economy's sake, Pelosi needs to push for impeachment now

Some excerpts:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s ineffectiveness became clear the day she became Speaker of the House and immediately announced that there would be no impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney.

Guided by politics, she said leading investigations into just how much the Bush administration did – and did wrong – would be divisive.

Notice that she picked up on "divisive" too.

But Congress is running out of time to finally make the Bush administration own up to its actions for eight years. If Congress isn’t careful, the president who already has issued 171 pardons could also pardon every appointee and employee he has ever had – and their dogs. And then Americans will never find out what happened to our country over the past eight years.

Pelosi wouldn’t have to start from scratch: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the bravest member of Congress, introduced legislation 11 months ago to impeach the president and vice president. Last January, the House gave a first reading of one of those articles of impeachment. Our own Rep. John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, joined 38 other representatives to sponsor HR 635, which would form a committee to look into whether there are grounds for impeachment. Revive that effort!

I'm not sure where this Rochelle Riley was during the election, but amen.