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Friday, January 06, 2006


NBC investigating Bush wire-tapping of journalists

Rep. John Conyers reported that he and 21 other Congressman are sending a letter to President Bush asking for details arsing from a report that the Bush administration has monitored private communications of journalists. Rep. Herseth was not among those who signed the letter.

Here is an excerpt from Rep. Conyers E-newsletter:

The latest incidence of the Bush Administration's abuse of power underscores why we must unite to take strong action now. Late last night we learned that NBC is investigating reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) conducted wiretaps of CNN reporter, Christiane Amanpour. While it is
very troubling that the NSA would be targeting journalists to uncover terrorist plots, what is especially disconcerting is that Ms. Amanpour's husband served as a senior advisor to the John Kerry presidential campaign and would have been using the same phone that the Agency is alleged to have been wiretapping. The overreach of the NSA in conducting warrantless wiretaps is astounding in its audacity and I have demanded the White House disclose to Congress whether, and
to what extent, journalists have been under surveillance and report on additional elements of this program. 21 other Members of Congress joined me in this request, a copy of which may be found on

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