t r u t h o u t | 05.13
NSA Whistle-Blower Will Go Before Congress
Sat May 13, 2006 17:41

t r u t h o u t | 05.13

NSA Whistle-Blower Will Go Before Congress
A former intelligence officer for the National Security Agency said he plans to tell Senate staffers next week that unlawful activity occurred at the agency under the supervision of Gen. Michael Hayden beyond what has been publicly reported, while hinting that it might have involved the illegal use of space-based satellites and systems to spy on US citizens.

Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space
A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching US soil.

Murtha: Democratic "Tidal Wave" in Midterm Elections
Rep. John Murtha, a Vietnam veteran first elected in the anti-war fever of 1974, says American troops will be brought home from Iraq by 2007.

In Abduction Case, US Argues Secrecy Over Law
Invoking the need to protect "state secrets," the Justice Department urged a federal judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a man whose experience came to symbolize what some have called the unaccountability of a government program that secretly ships terrorism suspects to overseas prisons.

Ohio Fundraiser to Plead Guilty to Illegal Contributions to Bush Campaign
A major GOP fundraiser charged in a scandal over a state rare-coin investment asked to change his not guilty pleas Wednesday on separate federal charges that he illegally funneled donations to President Bush's re-election campaign.

Medea Benjamin | The Gift of Peace for Mother's Day
Medea Benjamin finds that "Mother's Day was NOT invented by Hallmark. In fact, Julia Ward Howe, the woman credited with initiating Mother's Day in 1870, would have been appalled by its crass commercialism. Were she alive today, Julia probably would have told her kids to dispense with the roses and chocolates, and instead join her in an anti-war rally."

The Chicago Tribune | The NSA Has Your Number
The Chicago Tribune asserts that "President Bush's assurance Thursday that the privacy of Americans was being 'fiercely protected' was not at all convincing" in light of the "vast, secret database with records of tens of millions of telephone calls made by Americans" that the NSA has gathered.

Robert B. Reich | War on The Web
"This week, the House is expected to vote on something termed, in perfect Orwellian prose, the 'Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006.' It will be the first real battle in the coming War of Internet Democracy," according to Robert B. Reich.

VIDEO | A Somber Mother's Day Weekend in DC
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez
This Mother's Day will not be a time of joy for the almost 2,500 mothers who have lost their son or daughter in Iraq. Many of those mothers will be in Washington, DC, participating in a weekend full of activities ranging from a silent march to a 24-hour vigil. TruthOut's Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez are in Washington and will be sending in video reports throughout the weekend.

VIDEO | Dispatch From North Dakota
A Film by Chris Hume
Even though progressive talk radio is gaining popularity with the American public, the Christian Right is working hard to silence it. TruthOut correspondent Chris Hume visits progressive radio host Ed Schultz in Fargo, North Dakota, to examine this underdiscussed topic.

Police State America:

Short video shows how police use surveillance of U.S. citizens who participate in Anti-War protest

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