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4:10 PM ET, May 13, 2006

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New York Times:
Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping  —  WASHINGTON, May 13 — In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants …
Discussion: US Politics, SEIXON and Booman Tribune
Richard A. Falkenrath / Washington Post:
The Right Call on Phone Records  —  The NSA's Program Safeguards Security — and Civil Liberties  —  On Thursday, USA Today reported that three U.S. telecommunications companies have been voluntarily providing the National Security Agency with anonymized domestic telephone records …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats See an Opening to Debate Security Issues  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — Senate Democrats intend to use next week's confirmation hearings for a new C.I.A. director to press the Bush administration on its broad surveillance programs, engaging Republicans on national security grounds …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Questions Raised for Phone Giants in Spy Data Furor  —  The former chief executive of Qwest, the nation's fourth-largest phone company, rebuffed government requests for the company's calling records after 9/11 because of "a disinclination on the part of the authorities to use any legal process," his lawyer said yesterday.
The Numbers / Wall Street Journal:
Is the Phone Company Violating Your Privacy?  —  ON THURSDAY, USA Today reported that three telecom companies — AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. — have been providing the spy agency with records of billions of phone calls made by U.S. citizens inside …
Discussion: Bring it On! and Instapundit.com
Billmon:
Vox Pollsteri  —  One of the things that I find frustrating about the current debate over the surveillance state is the constant bickering about what the polls show.  One side cites the latest Washington Post poll, showing that most people are OK with having their phone records swept …
Discussion: The American Street and PunditGuy
Michelle Malkin:
IN DEFENSE OF THE NSA
Discussion: liberal catnip
Beth DeFalco / Associated Press:
Verizon Sued for Giving NSA Phone Records
Chris Strohm / govexec.com:
Former NSA officer alleges illegal activities under Hayden
Discussion: NewsHog and The American Street
Deborah Orin / New York Post:
BORDER TROOPS  —  BUSH'S PLAN TO STEM ALIEN TIDE  —  May 13, 2006 — WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to call for troops and a high-tech "virtual" fence to beef up the border with Mexico when he speaks to the nation on immigration Monday night, sources said yesterday.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt, QandO and Daily Pundit
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Bush Weighs Deploying Guard to U.S. Border
Discussion: NewsHog
Heather Mac Donald / Weekly Standard:
Information Please  —  Oh, sorry, it's not 1942.  It's 2006, and these three phone giants are about to be excoriated for cooperating with the war on terror.  Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter has demanded that ATT, Verizon, and BellSouth testify under oath about their assistance …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Majikthise and Betsy's Page
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Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Alabama candidate for AG disputes Holocaust, is coming to NJ  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Democratic candidate for Alabama attorney general denies the Holocaust occurred and said Friday he will speak this weekend in New Jersey to a "pro-white" organization that is widely viewed as being racist.
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Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Big Tent - Big Problem
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Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil.  —  In an era when other intelligence agencies try to hide those operations …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Mike McCurry: More on Us Being Internet Rabble  —  There is a blogad buy from the Telecom companies on their new negative attack piece on net neutrality.  I encourage bloggers who received the ad to link this to this blog post.  —  That's it.  Burn DC to the ground.
mccain.senate.gov:
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS  —  Lynchburg, Virginia.  ¬- Today, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the commencement address to the graduates at Liberty University.  The following is the text of his address:  —  Thank you, Dr. Falwell.
New York Times:
Corrections: For the Record  —  An article on Monday about the state-owned energy company of Bolivia misstated the position held at the company from 1969 to 1979 by Carlos d'Arlach, now an opposition senator, who expressed opposition to the government's recent nationalization of its oil and gas reserves.
New York Times:
C.I.A. Aide's House and Office Searched  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — Federal agents conducted searches on Friday at the office and home of Kyle Foggo, who stepped down this week as the Central Intelligence Agency's third-ranking official.  —  The searches were part of a widening criminal investigation …
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Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
Conservative Battle Fatigue  —  Several of my favorite bloggers, self-described conservatives of various stripes, properly respected stalwarts of reasonability and probity, have offered considered reasons to split with George Bush.  —  Mark Tapscott's decades of dedication and contribution …
 
 
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