USA, Bush spying on his own citizens. 10 January 2007.
By Joe Kay:
More revelations of illegal spying by US government
7 January 2006
Over the past week, several new reports have emerged casting additional light on the vast extent of illegal spying carried out by the US government.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the government has initiated a major project to collect and database the communications of US citizens and non-citizens, including opponents of the war in Iraq and other policies of the Bush administration.
Moves to initiate the program began before September 11, 2001.
However, as with all the policies pursued by the government since then, the terrorist attacks have been used to justify the spying under the overarching pretext of the “war on terrorism.”
James Risen, one of the authors of the original New York Times article exposing a broad program of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) without legally required court-issued warrants, has published a book entitled State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.
The book elaborates on what has already become clear from Risen’s own articles and other reports that have emerged in the press: that the spying program is much broader than the administration has been forced to acknowledge, and includes surveillance on purely domestic communications as well as communications entering and leaving the United States.
Spying including apparently on Christiane Amanpour of CNN News, married to an ex high level government official.
If that happens to such an out and out Establishment person as Amanpour, one can imagine what happens to non Establishment “regular” citizens.