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Bob Graham: "I was not informed of a domestic surveillance program."
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Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., who chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2002, said he wasn't informed of the domestic surveillance program. In an interview, Graham recalled a 2002 meeting in Vice President Dick Cheney's office about a far more narrow plan by the National Security Agency to intercept communications from outside the United States to other foreign destinations that rely on U.S. satellite links.

"What the administration did was not justified," Graham said. "You don't fight terrorism by taking away the constitutional liberties of U.S. citizens. ... I never saw a situation of extreme urgency that would warrant this."


Government officials told the newspaper that government eavesdroppers sought court-approved warrants only for conversations within the United States, not for overseas calls. The paper reported that "hundreds, perhaps thousands of people inside the United States" have been targeted for monitoring over the past three years.

"The president has, in effect, created an off-the-books surveillance procedure without any legislative authority," said Marc Rotenberg, a law professor at Georgetown University and executive director of the Electronic Security Information Center, a civil liberties group. "The president has claimed an extraordinary power, the right to conduct surveillance without judicial review. He is in a place where no president has been before."

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