On Wiretaps

I saw this on John S. Drew’s LiveJournal: “When you see this, post it.” Which I’m doing. 🙂

“Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so.

This was President Bush in April 2004, nearly three years after he authorized secret domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency without court orders or warrants.

Quote courtesy the transcript of Bush’s speech, taken off the official White House site.

The President says that wiretaps require a court order, that the law of the land requires a court order, and yet he doesn’t follow that. The President’s rank hypocracy should concern every American, of every political affiliation. If this at all concerns you, write your Congressman. Write your Senators. Write your local newspaper.

Don’t let this story fall into a memory hole.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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