Monday, October 15, 2007

Law office bugged by Bush regime

It never ends with the ogres in power, does it?

First, the former CEO of Qwest admitted that the NSA tried to get him to wiretap phone conversations 7 months before 9/11 - which would mean the illegal wiretap program that the government claims is to defeat terrorism actually began before the terrorist act that was used to justify it. It also means the phone spying program didn't work in preventing terrorism. (About a year after 9/11, a big story broke that Bush had known that 9/11 was going to happen. This story made it well into the mainstream media before it was hushed up so quickly that hardly anyone seems to remember it now. I didn't forget, because I remember The Last Word running an article about it.) We also learned that the government punished Qwest for failing to comply with the wiretap program by withdrawing contracts worth hundreds of millions.

Not surprisingly, illegal government wiretapping has been found to go back further to even before Bush seized power. In the '90s, right-wing Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama misused it to try to get information on a Bill Clinton CIA nominee.

And now it turns out that a Vermont law firm that represents people detained at the Guantanamo Bay death camp has had its phones and computers bugged by the Bush regime.

A letter sent from the law firm to its clients warns that it is "quite confident" that the U.S. government has been engaging in "phone tapping and computer hacking" of its office. (The law firm uses Verizon, one of the companies that conspired with the eavesdropping program, as its service provider.)

Now can we impeach him?