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Rights and wrongs

There are right ways and wrong ways to go about any task, including surveillance.

FISA specifically governs wiretapping authority for short notice actions including after the fact. FISA hasn’t been proven inadequate. During Congressional Patriot Act negotiations, Senator Daschle kept domestic spying out despite White House pleading, showing White House admission that it didn’t have domestic spying authority.

Change inadequate existing laws, don’t ignore them. Despite what Bush says about it privately, the Constitution is much more than a @^(&% piece of paper.

White House operating above FISA exceeds constitutional checks and balances. Domestic phone calls are now being monitored, despite claims of only using surveillance against foreign soil based calls regarding al-Qaida.

Investigation, surveillance, and spying are necessary, but so are Constitutional limits on Presidential authority and the protection of American citizens against unwarranted, illegal search and seizure. The pro-surveillance mantra is if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. If the White House obeyed this, they would be a very open administration, but it is just the opposite.

This Administration hides everything for they know and if Americans see behind the curtain, patriotic Americans will not tolerate their unconstitutional activities.

Jeff Carver

Nevada City

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