Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wiretap suit supoenas to be served on Bush, Others.

There's been rumblings about this for a couple of weeks. Now it's live. AP and Raw Story report:

Lawyers Seeking White House Records:

"NEW YORK — A pair of public interest lawyers said Tuesday they plan to subpoena the White House for any documents showing whether the Bush administration approved a secret program to examine the phone records of millions of Americans.

New Jersey attorneys Carl Mayer and Bruce Afran represent more than two dozen people who have sued Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., claiming the telecommunications companies violated privacy laws by turning over phone records to the National Security Agency."

Raw Story has the actual subpoena. and some additional details.

Two attorneys--one a former Green Party nominee for Senate--earlier told RAW STORY that the subpoenaes, which may be read below, have already been dispatched, and should be arriving at the White House in the coming days. Aside from their accounts, RAW STORY cannot yet verify that the documents were actually sent.

However, authorities in New Jersey have confirmed that activist attorneys Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer, who say they represent hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against Verizon, have both been licensed to practice law in the state since 1986. Both are also widely known to be attached to the case.

The subpoenaes, directed to President George Bush, the White House Office of Legal Counsel, the Department of Justice, and the Chief Legal Counsel for Verizon, seek a variety of information regarding "any ongoing or continuing, policy, contract, transaction, continuing transfer of data or records or other similar or analogous arrangement or understanding" betwen the US government and Verizon, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, BellSouth, Cellco, Sprint and Sprint Nextel.

Please note, these supoenas are aimed directly at information related to actual crimes. As this story breaks, pay especial attention to White House distraction and spin.

You should also keep your ear to the ground for preparation for extra-constitutional actions such as martial law and the postponement of the elections, as a means of forestalling impeachment proceedings and possible criminal actions against members of the Administration.

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