- December, 2000
Declassified document created by Bush's transition
team prior to his taking office. It shows Bush's executive order to
authorize spying by the NSA prior to 9/11. On page 32, it says:
"Senior leadership must understand that today's and tomorrow's
mission will demand a powerful, permanent presence on a global telecommunications
network that will host the 'protected' communications
of Americans as well as the targeted communications of adversaries"
- November, 29, 2002
Declassified FBI document revealing spying
on anti-war groups in Pennsylvania. (Declassified
- February 26, 2003
Another Declassified FBI document revealing
spying on anti-war groups in Pennsylvania (Declassified
- April 19, 2004 - April 20, 2004
Audio showing Bush's knowledge of the FISA
law. These audio clips also shows that Bush was knowingly breaking
and lying in regards to the law, and his compliance with it.
- April 19, 2004
"You see, what that meant is -- if you got a wiretap by
court order -- and, by the way, everything you hear about requires
court order, requires there to be permission from a FISA court,
for example. ...And they're an important tool for those who are
on the front line of using necessary means, with court order,
to find these terrorists before they hurt us..."
House Transcript and Video)
- April 20, 2004
"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."
House Transcript and Video)
- December 17th, 2005
Bush admits to spying. In this clip, Bush attempts
to justify the breaking of the law, and attempts to minimize the scope
of his spying programs. During this speech, he indicates that his
spying program is used to:
"intercept the international communications of people with
known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations."
And also says, "I have reauthorized this program more than
30 times since the September the 11th attacks ..." Later, it
will be revealed that his program is larger in scope than he indicates
(White House Transcript and Video)
- January 20, 2006
Speech by a U.S. citizen presented to a U.S.
House Juniciary Committee briefing. This citizen, along with other
Quakers, was spied on in their church and homes.
"I was spied on in a house of worship in the United States and
in private homes in Florida where I was meeting with other peaceful
persons engaged in constitutionally protected activity." [Audio](U.S.
House Judiciary Meeting)
- January 20, 2006
Speech by the ACLU regarding its lawsuit involving
the spying programs ordered by Bush.
"the Pentagon has been spying and maintaining files on Americans
exercising their first amendment rights."
"The NSA scandal is the latest and greatest in a long line
of abuses." [Audio]
Testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee)
- May 12, 2006
It's revealed in a USA Today report that the
NSA spied on millions of American's private domestic calls on the
authorization of Bush, violating the FISA act, and a 1934 telecommunication's
"The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, adopted in 1978,
requires the government to go before a special court and obtain
a warrant for electronic surveillance related to international espionage
and terrorism. The statute defines the covered communication to
include any information about the identity of the parties... Qwest
was the only major phone company to decline to turn over records
to the NSA. Its lawyers asked NSA to take its proposal to the FISA
court. The agency declined; USA TODAY reported Thursday that two
sources with direct knowledge of the situation said it was because
the NSA thought the court would not agree to the plan. A communication
act dating to 1934 and more recent electronic privacy laws generally
require phone companies to protect the confidentiality of customers'
- August 17, 2006
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled
that the NSA wiretapping program violates the 1st and 4th Amendments
to the Constitution.
"'There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers
not created by the Constitution,' she said in her 44-page decision.
Taylor said that if the program were allowed to continue, it would
irreparably harm the rights of the plaintiffs, which included the
American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, Greenpeace, and individuals, including scholars and attorneys.
'The public interest is clear in this matter. It is the upholding
of our Constitution,' Taylor wrote. [...] In response to the assertion
that the warrantless wiretapping program was necessary to the defense
of the nation, Taylor quoted a 1967 decision of then-Chief Justice
Earl Warren: 'It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national
defense, we would sanction the subversion of … those liberties
… which makes the defense of the nation worthwhile.' [...]
The judge said that if she were to accept the government's contention
that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue, a host of illegal
acts by the government 'would be immunized from judicial scrutiny.
It was never the intent of the Framers to give the president such
unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard
the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights.' And she
said the plaintiffs had shown that they had suffered 'a real and
concrete harm' as a result of the surveillance program. Taylor flatly
rejected the government lawyers' contention that they could not
defend the case without exposing state secrets. She noted that government
officials had publicly confirmed a number of elements of the surveillance
program, and that in court their lawyers supported their arguments
for the legality of the program without revealing any secrets. Consequently,
she said, she found the government's position that it could not
defend the case without classified information 'disingenuous and
without merit.'" (L.A.
- November 1, 2006
Pentagon/ FBI Documents declassified reveaingl
widespread domestic surveillance of political groups in various parts
of the country occuring between November 2004 and May 2005. (Declassified
- Dec. 10, 2006
Bush adds signing statement to a congressional
bill "re-interpreting" it to allow him to read U.S. citizen's
mail without first obtaining a warrant.
"President Bush signed a little-noticed statement last month asserting the authority to open U.S. mail without judicial warrants in emergencies or foreign intelligence cases, prompting warnings yesterday from Democrats and privacy advocates that the administration is attempting to circumvent legal restrictions on its powers."(Washington Post, 1/5/2007)
- March 31, 2010
Bush wiretapping program declared illegal by U.S. District Court
"In a repudiation of the Bush administration's now-defunct Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show 'they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance.'"(Washington Post, 3/31/2010)