"Based on my understanding of the connections and equipment at issue, it
appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner
surveillance of all the data crossing the internet -- whether that be peoples'
e-mail, web surfing or any other data.
Given the public debate about the constitutionality of the Bush
administration's spying on U.S. citizens without obtaining a FISA warrant, I
think it is critical that this information be brought out into the open, and
that the American people be told the truth about the extent of the
administration's warrantless surveillance practices, particularly as it relates
to the internet.
Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of
this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA's spying
program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent
with the NSA's charter or with FISA. And unlike the controversy over targeted
wiretaps of individuals' phone calls, this potential spying appears to be
applied wholesale to all sorts of internet communications of countless
My personal thanks go out to Mark Klien. I know it took a tremendous amount of courage to come forward. I'm not trying to do any "Bush-bashing" but I believe in the rule of law and in limited government.