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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:39 PM
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Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power. Documents point to a potential investigationn of WH



Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power
Salon has uncovered new evidence of post-9/11 spying on Americans. Obtained documents point to a potential investigation of the White House that could rival Watergate.

Editor's note: This article is part of a Salon investigative series on spying inside the United States by the Bush administration. Research support for the article was provided by the Nation Institute Investigative Fund.

By Tim Shorrock

July 23, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- The last several years have brought a parade of dark revelations about the George W. Bush administration, from the manipulation of intelligence to torture to extrajudicial spying inside the United States. But there are growing indications that these known abuses of power may only be the tip of the iceberg. Now, in the twilight of the Bush presidency, a movement is stirring in Washington for a sweeping new inquiry into White House malfeasance that would be modeled after the famous Church Committee congressional investigation of the 1970s.

While reporting on domestic surveillance under Bush, Salon obtained a detailed memo proposing such an inquiry, and spoke with several sources involved in recent discussions around it on Capitol Hill. The memo was written by a former senior member of the original Church Committee; the discussions have included aides to top House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, and until now have not been disclosed publicly.

Salon has also uncovered further indications of far-reaching and possibly illegal surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency inside the United States under President Bush. That includes the alleged use of a top-secret, sophisticated database system for monitoring people considered to be a threat to national security. It also includes signs of the NSA's working closely with other U.S. government agencies to track financial transactions domestically as well as globally.

The proposal for a Church Committee-style investigation emerged from talks between civil liberties advocates and aides to Democratic leaders in Congress, according to sources involved. (Pelosi's and Conyers' offices both declined to comment.) Looking forward to 2009, when both Congress and the White House may well be controlled by Democrats, the idea is to have Congress appoint an investigative body to discover the full extent of what the Bush White House did in the war on terror to undermine the Constitution and U.S. and international laws. The goal would be to implement government reforms aimed at preventing future abuses -- and perhaps to bring accountability for wrongdoing by Bush officials.

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Mike Nelson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:42 PM
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1. What are we waiting for?
Arrest him, and start the trial.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:47 PM
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2. Let's get the show on the road, Congress!
Get the lead out and shift it into Drive! LET'S ROLL ALREADY!!
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:30 PM
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3. It sounds like a mighty fine goal to me. Why does the
govt. ask me to confirm that I'm not a terrorist when I buy a car or a home?" Will they next be at the grocery store asking me to confirm that I'm not a terrorist when I buy my groceries? I assume that those questions were designed to track purchases of cars, homes, and more. It is ironic considering that the rep. party always said they were the party of small govt.
"It also includes signs of the NSA's working closely with other U.S. government agencies to track financial transactions domestically as well as globally."
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 04:46 PM
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4. My breath. .let me show it to you. . I'm not holding it..
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