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Bush and the wiretaps

John Eastman, in brief, vindicates Bush’s wiretap decision.

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I really don’t think that sufficed as vindication. Meanwhile, Congressional Research Service has reported that Bush’s wiretapping was illegal and not a legitimate part of his presidential powers.

"The report includes 1970s-era quotations from congressional committees that were then uncovering years of domestic spying abuses by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI against those suspected of communist sympathies, American Indians, Black Panthers and other activists. Lawmakers were very disturbed at how routinely FBI agents had listened in on U.S. citizens’ phone calls without following any formal procedures. As they drafted FISA and created its court, the lawmakers warned then that only strong legislation, debated in public, could stop future administrations from eavesdropping.

’This evidence alone should demonstrate the inappropriateness of relying solely on executive branch discretion to safeguard civil liberties,’ they wrote."

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