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Cheney's Double Dealings on Plame, NSA Scandals

May 14, 2006

Sunday's news contains a double-barrreled shotgun blast in the face courtesy of Vice President Dick Cheney. First, the New York Times detailed Cheney's post-9/11 insistence on far more invasive domestic spying by the National Security Agency. Apparently, it was only through the efforts of NSA lawyers that the Bush administration limited its illegal domestic eavesdropping program to calls involving a party outside the United States. Second, the latest filings by Patrick Fitzgerald in the Scooter LIbby case reveal that Cheney wanted to know more about Ambassador Joseph Wilson's trip to Niger immediately after his July 2003 NY Times op-ed was published:

"Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an amb[assador] to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"

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