Release of Historic Gov. Docs Chronicle White House Position on Wiretapping

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 4, 2006

Follow-up to February 3, 2006 posting, Judiciary Cmte. Democrats Again Request Data on Domestic Surveillance From AG, which referred to an AP article, Papers: Ford White House Weighed Wiretaps…George H.W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney are cited in the documents, see this additional documentation from the National Security Archive:

  • “Despite objections from then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and then-CIA director George H. W. Bush, President Gerald Ford came down on the side of a proposed federal law to govern wiretapping in 1976 instead of relying on the “inherent” authority of the President because the “pros” outweighed the “cons,” according to internal White House documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and posted on the Web today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.”
  • Related legal documents:

  • From the Center for Security Studies, Legislative History of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
  • Postings on FISA
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