DesMoines Register, May 13, 2006

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said in Iowa Friday that the Bush administration’s tracking of millions of private telephone calls as part of its war on terrorism warranted a full congressional investigation.

The former NATO commander and 2004 Democratic candidate for president said Congress needs to sort out the controversy as a way of maintaining its check on the presidential power.

“If you have a president, for reasons he believes are legitimate for national security, who is accused of misleading people about the extent of the program, and nobody knows what the extent of the program is, then I think a full congressional investigation is mandated,” Clark said.

The Bush administration is facing questions about its regard for civil liberties after the disclosure that the National Security Agency collected information on millions of Americans’ telephone calls.

At the heart of the matter is Gen. Michael Hayden, who was in charge of the surveillance program and is now Bush’s nominee to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency.



Americablog, May 11, 2006

US House Republicans suddenly pull cell-phone privacy bill, Rep. Markey thinks Bush spy agency types may have gotten it killed today

Well isn’t this interesting. Remember when I bought General Wesley Clark’s cell phone records for under a $100 in order to prove that anyone’s privacy could be violated?

Well, since that time there have been a number of bills in the House and Senate to address this problem. The House recently passed one bill unanimously, and a second bill was coming up in the House today. But it suddenly disappeared without a word right when the story broke about the Bush administration illegally spying on all of our phone records.

Coincidence? Not according to what Representative Markey may be hearing. He wrote to House Speaker Denny Hastert today asking what happened to the bill:

“With no notice or explanation, H.R. 4943 summarily disappeared from the House floor schedule that day and it has not been seen or heard from since. I am concerned about reports that some intelligence agency or interest had a hand in the bill’s disappearance. . . Is it currently in some legislative ‘Guantanamo Bay’?”

Legislation that no one disagreed with – legislation to protect your cell phone records – suddenly disappears from the House floor on the very day that we find out George Bush is spying on – what? – our phone records!