In defending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against perjury claims, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell made the first public acknowledgment that President Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single executive order in late 2001, the Washington Post reported. In a letter to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., McConnell didn’t say what these "intelligence activities" included, other than that one of them was the warrantless surveillance of e-mails and phone calls that Bush confirmed in December 2005.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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