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Wiretaps for me, not thee?


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Sep 8, 2005
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I would like to know why there is such a double standard when it come to what Democrats can do and what Republicans can do?

Democrats know that the Bush wiretapping is no different then what other Presidents have done before him.
Carter for one has written an executive order approving of warrentless wiretaps and then has the hypocrisy to chastise Bush for protecting or homeland with his wiretaps.

Jimmy Carter Executive Order

Bill Clintons Executive Order

Wiretaps for me, not thee?

December 23, 2005

Can Democratic presidents order wiretaps on U.S. soil without a court order, but not Republicans? We ask because that's the standard critics appear to be using against President Bush over National Security Agency surveillance of al Qaeda operatives. Every president, Democrat or Republican, has exercised this authority since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act became law in October 1978. But it appears to be deemed problematical only for President Bush, whose wiretaps are said to have caught Iyman Faris, a naturalized U.S. citizen who wanted to bomb the Brooklyn Bridge.
The ink on FISA was barely dry when the first president to order extrajudicial surveillance -- a Democrat -- did so. Jimmy Carter exercised his authority on May 23, 1979 with Executive Order #12139, seven months after signing FISA into law, declaring that "the Attorney General is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order," subject to the section's requirements. The order cites a FISA section helpfully titled "Electronic Surveillance Authorization Without Court Order."
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