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Still building public support for warrantless wiretapping on The Big Story

Reported by Chrish - February 2, 2006

The relentless defense of surveilling without court oversight in violatoin of FISA continued on The Big Story today 2/2/06. Host John Gibson had on Republican Saxby Chambliss to reinforce Republican-appointee John Negroponte's assertion that the warrantless wiretaps are "crucial" to the so-called war on terror.

At the beginning of the show Gibson said that John Negroponte, the Iran-Contra figure currently serving as US National Director of Intelligence, is said to have declared Al Queda our most menacing threat, and the warrantless wiretapping program crucial to protecting our country.

Steve Centanni reported that CIA Director Porter Goss, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Negroponte all defended the illegal warrantless wiretapping at Congressional hearings held in Washington. Goss stated that the damage (from exposing the program) has been very severe, to their abilities to carry out their mission.

In these hearings, co-Chair Senator Jay Rockefeller suggested that the "leaks", the whistleblowing, probably came from inside the White House. He also noted ("complained") that only eight members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were informed of the program, not the entire committee.

Centanni wrapped up the segment with a reminder that although key leaders of Al Queda have been eliminated (Comment: Bush is doing a good job), "core elements" are still plotting and planning terror strikes against the US , and Al Queda will keep seeking chemical, biological, and atomic weapons(comment: remain afraid). Note the unusual and dated use of "atomic" as opposed to the more common "nuclear" (or nukuler, whichever you prefer.) With the Bush administration tallking about alternative energy sources and starting another push for nuclear power plants, it becomes important to start to differentiate between (good) nuclear energy and (bad) nuclear weapons.

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