Breaking: Spying started well before 9/11
By Evan Derkacz
Posted on July 3, 2006, Printed on July 4, 2006
Bloomberg News reported, on the Friday before a four day weekend, that Bush administration NSA spying plans began well before 9/11.
“The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.”
John in DC writes: “if true, it negates Bush’s entire argument that the spying was needed to fight the war on terror…”
More than that, it negates the administration’s legal defense that it was the Authorization to Use Military Force that authorized the program.
It obliterates it and seems to point to the expansion of presidential power as the true reason for the program.