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Sunday, December 18, 2005

NSA wiretaps began before Bush's approval

Just who is running the country? Apparently Bush's statement yesterday that the taps were at his behest, constitutional, and not a violation of any citizen's civil rights probably isn't true-- whether he knew it or not.

The National Security Agency first began to conduct warrantless eavesdropping on telephone calls and e-mail messages between the United States and Afghanistan months before President Bush officially authorized a broader version of the agency's special domestic collection program, according to current and former government officials.

The security agency surveillance of telecommunications between the United States and Afghanistan began in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, the officials said.

The agency operation included eavesdropping on communications between Americans and other individuals in the United States and people in Afghanistan without the court-approved search warrants that are normally required for such domestic intelligence activities.