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  Justice Department to Probe Warrantless-Eavesdropping LeakDecember 30, 2005 00:00 Although Atty. Gen. Gonzalez seems to think that warrantless eavesdropping is perfectly constitutional, his department is going to be probing who leaked classified information pertaining to the program. It's disheartening how our government perpetrates the big offences, but prosecutes the little ones. Can you say 'Rule of Law'?
  2,175: The Latest Number of US Deaths in IraqDecember 30, 2005 00:00 At least 2,175 US military personnel have died on the ground in Iraq, plus an undisclosed number who died after transport to Germany or non-Iraq US military bases.
  Padilla's Lawyers, Justice Dept. Ask Supreme Court To Hear AppealDecember 29, 2005 00:00 The Justice Department is requesting that the Supreme Court step in and allow Jose Padilla to be transferred to civilian court from military custody. The 4th Circut Court stopped the transfer because it perceived that Bush was trying to do an end-run around the justice system.
  Defense Lawyers In Terror Cases Plan Challenges Over Spy EffortsDecember 28, 2005 00:00 In an interesting twist and possibly the start of the fall of Bush's house of cards, defense lawyers for Al Quaeda suspects will move to investigate whether the government used illegal wiretaps against their clients.
  The War On Terror Should Not Supersede The Laws Of The LandDecember 27, 2005 00:00 Despite a willing judiciary and Congress, the White House has stretched its authority until the other two branches of government have had to start putting on the brakes. Let's hope it continues.
  Senate Agrees To A Six-Month Extension Of The Patriot ActDecember 22, 2005 00:00 The House and administration won't be happy, but the Senate has only agreed to a 6-month extension of the Patriot Act. The Bill goes back to the House for final approval.
  New York Police Covertly Join In At Protest RalliesDecember 22, 2005 00:00 New York City police have been documented covertly watching and participating at protest rallies. Officers have been seen wearing biker clothing and street clothes and even participating in the rallies.
  Judge Resigns Over Bush Wiretapping AuthorizationDecember 21, 2005 00:00 A federal judge on the secret court that oversees approval for legal espionage-related wiretaps resigned because he felt the program has been harmed by the president's illegal authorization of wiretaps on US citizens.
  Ruling Says Court Must Consider Padilla's Status Before TransferDecember 21, 2005 00:00 A federal appeals court has rebuked the Bush administration and refused to allow the transfer of Jose Padilla from military to civilian custody. The court accused the Bush administration of attempting the transfer simply to side-step legal challenges to its authority over Padilla.
  Bush Accuses Leak Instigators Of Helping EnemyDecember 20, 2005 00:00 President Bush is using any and all tactics to bully his way through the problematic issue of spying on Americans. Bush is now accusing investigators of being non-Patriotic and repeating over and over that his actions were legal. Can anyone say "High Crimes and Misdemeanors?"
  U.S. Spying Plan Lacked Congress' Scrutiny, Leading Democrat SaysDecember 20, 2005 00:00 Senators are contradicting President Bush's report that lawmakers adequately participated in the NSA domestic spying authorization.
  Gonzales: War Powers Authorized U.S. EavesdroppingDecember 19, 2005 00:00 Attourney General Roberto Gonzales claims that congress' authorization for war gave the President the power to spy on US citizens. Apparently US citizens were also terrorists who had no right to privacy or security.
  Secret Surveillance 'A Vital Tool'December 17, 2005 00:00 Bush defended his authorization of secret spying on US citizens, claiming that it is his constitutional right to be able to do so. Apparently, it's also his constitutional right to grant top secret clearance to his friends and share 'secret spying' reports with them.
  Senate Rebuffs Bush On Patriot ActDecember 16, 2005 00:00 The Senate has refused to end a fillibuster of the Patriot Act and will more likely pass a three-month extension rather than the permanent extension the Bush administration wants.
  Bush Lets U.S. Spy On Callers Without Courts - New York TimesDecember 16, 2005 00:00 President Bush authorized the NSA in 2002 to eavesdrop on US citizens calling overseas. The Times admitted that it censored some security-related information so it's likely that Bush also authorized the NSA to spy on domestic calls.
  Bush Forced To Accept Torture BanDecember 16, 2005 00:00 The White House has accepted John McCain's torture ban, although part of the compromise seems to be another addition to the same defense appropriations bill that opens up ANWR even more.
  House Votes For 698 Miles Of Fences On Mexico BorderDecember 16, 2005 00:00 Throwing a bone to conservatives, the House is planning to build almost 700 miles of fences along the Mexico border. I'm sure this puts a crimp in Bush's business plans.
  Critics Of Patriot Act Gaining Momentum In SenateDecember 16, 2005 00:00 The US political coalition of the Right seems to be breaking down as even the USA Patriot Act seems to be wallowing in its own problems in the Senate.
  Pentagon Accused Of Spying On AmericansDecember 15, 2005 00:00 The Defense Department has been caught spying and recording data on US citizen groups who have expressed anti-war sentiment. No, I haven't heard any clicking when I pick up my phone lately.
  'War On Terror' Still Rages In Fourth YearDecember 14, 2005 00:00 The war on terror seems to be infinitely long. Now into it's 5th year (actually) there is a steady stream of bombings and attacks outside the country. When will terrorists again hit the US and what further liberties will we lose then?
  House Ready, Senate Balks On Patriot ActDecember 14, 2005 00:00 The Patriot Act may stall in the Senate where some lawmakers are unsure about the compromise agreement worked out last week to reauthorize the act.
  House, Senate Reach Deal On Patriot ActDecember 08, 2005 00:00 The House and Senate reached a deal that will make most of the Patriot Act permanent and the remainder will be extended for 4 years.
  Ex-Professor Acquitted On Several ChargesDecember 06, 2005 00:00 Charges against University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian may be finished as a jury deadlocked on several and dismissed others. The government has been pursuing Al-Arian for years.
  FEMA Broken After KatrinaDecember 05, 2005 00:00 FEMA aparrently knew that it had a 'broken' response after Hurricane Katrina. Memos at the agency show that the fed prepared for riots in the storm's aftermath.