Disturbing Mukasey Revelation to Justify Warrantless Wiretapping in US

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Disturbing Mukasey Revelation to Justify Warrantless Wiretapping in US

Whitley Strieber – 2008-04-03

WHO KNEW WHAT AND WHEN DEPT.

Disturbing Mukasey Revelation to Justify Warrantless Wiretapping in US

by Whitley Strieber
www.UnknownCountry.com

Attorney General Michael Mukasey made a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on March 27 that was intended to justify the administration’s push for the right to wiretap all American citizens telephone calls without a warrant and without informing anybody of the activity.

It was claimed that this would be confined to terror-related investigations, but if the use of Patriot Act powers in the Elliot Spitzer case is any example, abuse seems possible, and given that there is no oversight provision in the bill at all, the Justice Department would not need to reveal even to Congress who was being tapped or why.

Mukasey offered a very strange example to justify the need for domestic wiretapping: a call from Afghanistan to the US prior to 9/11 that contained information about the attack which, he claimed, if it had been intercepted, would have possibly enabled the government to prevent 9/11.

The problem with using this call as a justification for domestic wiretapping is that it was an international call, and the US was able to tap such calls without a warrant prior to 9/11.

So, if the call wasn’t tapped, how is it that Mukasey knows about it? And if it WAS tapped–which it must have been or he wouldn’t have any knowledge of it–then why WASN’T the information used to prevent 9/11?

The call is not mentioned anywhere in the 9/11 Commission report? Why not? It would appear that a major lapse has been accidentally revealed–or was it a lapse?

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