Alito defended government wiretap rights
Reagan-era memo said attorney general should be immune from lawsuits
The Associated Press
Dec. 23, 2005

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department, documents released Friday show.

He advocated a step-by-step approach to strengthening the hand of officials in a 1984 memo to the solicitor general. The strategy is similar to the one that Alito espoused for rolling back abortion rights at the margins.

The release of the memo by the National Archives comes when President Bush is under fire for secretly ordering domestic spying of suspected terrorists without a warrant. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has promised to question Alito about the administration’s program.

The Associated Press had requested documents related to Alito under the Freedom of Information Act.

The memo dealt with whether government officials should have blanket protection from lawsuits when authorizing wiretaps. “I do not question that the attorney general should have this immunity,” Alito wrote. “But for tactical reasons, I would not raise the issue here.”

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  • We must never forget why we have people like Alito nominated. MCP, thank you for every thing you’ve done and are doing for election integrity.

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    Dec. 21, 2005

    While Kerry may have conceded the election at 2:14 p.m., Nov. 3, a large portion of the population failed to accept the final results. They knew something was wrong.
    As one Virginia activist said, “This is simply not possible, the national results or here in Virginia.”

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  • All fine and well…however, there’s also a mountain of evidence and unsubstantiated implausibilities as to the “official” version of the crimes of 9/11. To me, that’s the HUGE scandal that needs to be addressed, because everything else is subsequent of that, resides underneath that umbrella. So by ignoring that, it almost seems – in a sense – that digging in to fight the other dilemma’s is just a stroke job that is ignoring the true bullseye that could bring our fascist government down.

    The point being, it’s the media. Change, or potential to bring about change, lie in media control. Until truth seekers can find a way to access the populace in mass by way of widely distributed periodicals, and especially via the boob tube, there remains just a small percentage of us who ‘know’ what everyone should and needs to.

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