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Friday, August 11, 2006
NewsBusters' False Suggestion About Wiretapping
Topic: NewsBusters

In an Aug. 11 NewsBusters post noting how data intercepts played a role in the foiling of the British terror plot, Greg Sheffield falsely suggests that those critical of the Bush administration domestic spying program opposed all domestic surveillance.

In fact, as Media Matters pointed out when RNC chairman Ken Mehlman similarly claimed that Democrats oppose "NSA technology," such a claim is a straw man. Critics of the NSA eavesdropping program were never opposed to all eavesdropping (and we doubt Sheffield can provide us with a major politican who does believe that); the problem is that the NSA was apparently operating outside the bounds of established U.S. law.

Perhaps Sheffield should lay off the GOP talking points and try the novel approach of reporting facts.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:09 PM EDT

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