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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:14 PM
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Panel to Call for Probe Into Wiretapping of Scholar
Source: New York Times

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN

WASHINGTON A Congressional oversight panel plans to ask the National Security Agency to start an investigation into new evidence that the agency illegally wiretapped a Muslim scholar in Northern Virginia and concealed the eavesdropping during a 2005 trial in which the scholar was convicted on terrorism charges.

Representative Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, said in an interview that he planned to ask the inspector general of the N.S.A. to open what would be the first formal investigation by the agency into whether its eavesdropping program had improperly interfered with an Americans right to a fair trial.

Mr. Holt said he was responding to new evidence presented to him and other Congressional leaders by the Muslim scholars lawyer indicating that the Bush administration tried to hide the full extent of the governments illegal spying in the criminal case.

If the N.S.A. inspector general begins an inquiry, analysts said, that could also signal a new willingness by the agency, under a new administration, to examine its own operations in the eavesdropping program.

President-elect Barack Obama was a critic of the Bush administrations domestic spying program while he was in the Senate and on the campaign trail, and experts on intelligence matters are waiting to see whether he takes action early in his administration to rein in the program.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/washington/08nsa.html...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:29 PM
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1. Good. Truth would be really good, about everything. nt
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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:44 PM
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2. What good is having a bush-corrupted agency investigate itself?
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:45 PM
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3. The NSA is supposed to investigate itself? Yeah, that'll work. nt
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:45 AM
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4. k & r
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