Jan 15, 2007

Cheney Defends Efforts to Obtain Financial Records


MARK MAZZETTI
Published: January 15, 2007
Vice President
Dick Cheney yesterday defended efforts by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to obtain financial records of Americans suspected of terrorism or espionage, calling the practice a “perfectly legitimate activity” used partly to protect troops stationed on military bases in the United States.
Freddie Lee/Fox News Sunday
Vice President Dick Cheney said the Pentagon action “doesn’t violate people’s civil rights.”
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But the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee expressed concern over the expansion of the military’s domestic intelligence collection efforts and said his committee would investigate how the Pentagon was using its authority.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Cheney said “national security letters” issued to banks and credit agencies were an essential tool for investigating terrorism cases in the United States.
He said the Pentagon had crossed no legal boundaries in issuing the letters independent of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Shades of McCarthyism?
Mc·Car·thy·ism (mə-kär'thē-ĭz'əm) n.
The practice of publicizing accusations of political disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence.
The use of unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition.
Seems to me it is. All one has to be is "suspected of terrorism or espionage" What grounds? What evidence? Who decides? Do I get to point at my next door neighbor and say he/she MAY be a Terrorist and the CIA will come knocking? I fear things are getting way out of hand here in the name of "National Security!"

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