Tuesday, December 20, 2005
PEEKABOO Sure, the government's been eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law. But at least the program's been restricted to international calls:
Q Can you assure us that all of these [NSA wiretapping] intercepts had an international component and that at no time were any of the intercepts purely domestic?That, at least, was the story:
[Principal Deputy Director for National Intelligence] GENERAL [Michael] HAYDEN: The authorization given to NSA by the President requires that one end of these communications has to be outside the United States. I can assure you, by the physics of the intercept, by how we actually conduct our activities, that one end of these communications are always outside the United States of America.
A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications in some cases, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on foreign soil, officials say.Oops.