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Sun Aug 18, 2013, 09:23 AM

173. Tons of people wrote about Bush's illegal NSA spying in 2007, including me. Some wrote earlier.

My article in 2007 http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_steven_l_071028_republicans_turning_.htm

Leslie Cauley wrote in 2006 about the NSA database of Meta data http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-10-nsa_x.htm a year before Greenwald ever started talking about any kind of NSA surveillance and 7 years before Greenwald decided to write about the same issue.

Greenwald's article in 2007 had zero effect. He was one of hundreds perhaps thousands of other people.

Here is an article from 2005 about NSA spying that beat Greenwald by almost two years

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/23/AR2005122302050.html

Power Play
By Suzanne E. Spaulding
Sunday, December 25, 2005

At his news conference last week, President Bush objected when a reporter characterized his use of executive power to eavesdrop on Americans without any court order as "unchecked." The president's sensitivity is understandable. As he went on to explain, the charge of unchecked power implies that he is asserting a kind of dictatorial authority -- precisely what Americans fought, and continue to fight, against in Iraq. But what are the sources of checks and balances of a president's authority? They are the Congress, the courts and, ultimately, the American people. Based on the facts as reported so far, none of these appear to have operated as an effective check on this extraordinary exercise of presidential power.
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Greenwald spent most of the Bush administration trusting Bush and Cheney on the Iraq war, the Patriot Act and everything else.

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