Domestic Spy Rights For DOD, CIA?
A proposal to give the CIA and Department of Defense much broader powers in gathering intelligence on American citizens reportedly was defeated in a closed-door session on Capitol Hill Thursday. The New York Times reports the proposal, backed by the Bush administration and leading Senate Republicans, was part of a broader intelligence funding bill now pending before Congress. It appeared it would have greatly expanded the role of the CIA and Pentagon in conducting domestic operations, loosening present restrictions. The two agencies would have had the power to require Internet providers, credit card companies, libraries and others to produce materials like phone records, bank transactions and e-mail logs. Full Story