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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Public Documents Relating to National Security Agency Nonconsensual Electronic Surveillances Involving US Citizens

The issue about the President's ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to engage in nonconsensual electronic interceptions of telecommunications which may involve US citizens in the US has begun to generate a significant number of newspaper articles and documents. Some support and some criticize the President's and his Attorney General's interpretation of laws concerning Presidential authority and electronic surveillance.

Today's New York Times contains an article headlined Legal Rationale by Justice Dept. on Spying Effort. The article is based principally on a 42-page legal analysis by the Justice Department defending the President's authority to order the NSA's actions. That document is the first link in the list below of some documents relevant to the issue.

Legal Authorities Supporting the Activities of the National Security Agency Described by the President, dated January 19, 2006

Letter from U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist transmitting preceding Department of Justice white paper, dated January 19, 2006

Statutory Procedures Under Which Congress Is To Be Informed of U.S. Intelligence Activities, Including Covert Actions, Congressional Research Service report dated January 18, 2006

Complaint of the American Civil Liberties Union filed in the lawsuit American Civil Liberties Union et al v. National Security Agency et al, dated January 18, 2006

Complaint of the Center for Constitutional Rights filed in the lawsuit Center for Constitutional rights et al v. George W. Bush et al, dated January 17, 2006

The Congressional Research Service and Constitutional Law Scholars Weigh in on President Bush's Authorization of Warrantless Surveillance: Why This Controversy Bridges the Partisan Divide, At Least Among Experts, article in online website FindLaw.com, dated January 12, 2006.

Letter to Congress by constitutional law scholars, dated January 9, 2006

Presidential Authority to Conduct Warrantless Electronic Surveillance to Gather Foreign Intelligence Information, Congressional Research Service report dated January 5, 2006

George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally, and Impeachably; Both Claimed That a President May Violate Congress' Laws to Protect National Security, article by former Nixon counsel John W. Dean in online website FindLaw.com, dated December 30, 2005

Letter from William Moschella, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs to Chairs and Ranking Members of Senate and House Intelligence Committees, dated December 22, 2005

Press briefing by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and General Michael Hayden, Principal Deputy Director for National Intelligence, dated December 19, 2005

President's radio address discussing the authorization to NSA to intercept international communications of people with links to al Qaeda, dated December 17, 2005

Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts, New York Times article published December 16, 2005

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA)


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