TITLE

Full Speed Ahead

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Evan; Klaidman, Daniel; Hosenball, Mark; Isikoff, Michael; Wolffe, Richard
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Newsweek;1/9/2006, Vol. 147 Issue 2, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the expansion of executive powers under United States President George W. Bush following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Bush administration sought to push the boundaries of the separation of powers and the Fourth Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The Bush administration pushed its program of electronic spying on U.S. citizens at home and abroad. In crisis, presidents will sacrifice civil liberties for national security. The spy satellites and computers of the National Security Agency were able to eavesdrop on telephone conversations and electronic mail messages. However, Congress had passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that required intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant before eavesdropping on communications involving U.S. citizens. Bush did not hesitate to circumvent FISA. The author questions whether Bush has waged an effective War on Terror or if the threat is not as great as had been supposed. INSET: How Uncle Sam Listens In.
ACCESSION #
19298247

 

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