Bush Illegal Wiretapping Program Almost Prompted FBI and Justice Resignations

Monday, July 13, 2009

President George W. Bush’s insistence on continuing the warrantless wiretapping program in 2004 almost forced the resignations of some of top law enforcement officials in the administration, according to federal inspectors of the government’s top intelligence agencies. The report by the inspectors general of the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Agency and other offices reveals that multiple officials in the Department of Justice, including Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, were seriously considering stepping down because Bush was adamant about maintaining the domestic spying program without approval from the Justice Department.

 
In addition to resignation threats from Ashcroft, whose hospitalization prompted the infamous March 10, 2004, visit by the White House’s Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card to try to force Ashcroft to reauthorize the program, Ashcroft’s chief of staff David Ayers, Deputy Attorney General James Comey and Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith all talked about quitting. In notes turned over to the inspectors general, Goldsmith cited the “shoddiness” of the legal justification for the wiretapping, along with the program’s “over-secrecy” and “shameful” effort by Gonzales and Card to force Ashcroft to sign off as his reasons for possibly resigning.
 
Mueller said he was inclined to withdraw the FBI from participation in the surveillance program, and if President Bush had insisted on the bureau’s continued involvement, he would have stepped down as director.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
 
'Inappropriate' Secrecy Hurt Surveillance Effort, Report Says (by Carrie Johnson and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post)
U.S. Wiretapping of Limited Value, Officials Report (by Eric Lichtblau and James Risen, New York Times)
Unclassified Report on the President’s Surveillance Program (Offices of Inspectors General of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence) (PDF)

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This Guy 10 years ago
He's DEAD ON CORRECT here!!!!! Nice job Mr. Sosbee. I've personally been "wiretapped" and "stalked" (attempted to be framed on all sorts of crimes) by the FBI, NSA, and CIA ever since I had caught Bush White House Lawyer, one Alan Shapiro, stealing my identity and using it to fly around the country to give speeches on "Philanthropy". They even went as far as to not allow me to sell my own home by putting a "Transaction Freeze" on my home title at the County Recorder's Offices. Furthermore, they also utilize psychological warfare mechanisms such as Astrology.com in order to attack you with the information that they've already ILLEGALLY gathered on you using their ILLEGAL wiretaps and surveillance equipment. Everybody within these BIG THREE agencies who is not a "higher up" has already contacted me and confirmed all of this entire story to be TRUTH. The problem lies in getting these truths to the masses without them having to sacrifice their own careers in the process. Fascism at it's finest!!!!
geral 10 years ago
lET'S NOT LIE HERE: THE FBI AND THE CIA ARE BUSY 24/7 as this nations' most traitorus group of torturers, assassins and calumniators. The agents and operatives of *fbi/cia engage in the atrocities that I and others document globally: http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html They rrepresent in fact the *LD http://roma.indymedia.org/printable/taxonomy/term/1549 See my affidavit: http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/affidavit2007.html So, please do not insult the intelligence of the public by suggesting that the fbi/cia are concerned about torture and related inhumane acts. The hoodlums there are controlling the minds of the press with little or no resistence. geral sosbee(956)371-5210

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