CNN Evening News for Friday, Dec 16, 2005
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(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) "New York Times" report that President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to monitor & record overseas phone calls & e-mail messages of Americans after the capture of Al Qaeda's Abu Zubaydah reported.
(Washington: Kelli Arena) Spying on Americans reviewed; details given about the program based on the order issued in 2002 & about what information is used. [On "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," BUSH - says we will uphold the law & protect civil liberties.] [Senators Edward KENNEDY, Patrick LEAHY, Arlen SPECTER - criticize spying.] [ANALYST - speaks about electronic surveillance.]
(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) The secretive nature of the NSA noted.
(Ft. Meade, Maryland: David Ensor) The puzzle palace of the supersecret NSA featured; scenes shown from Ft. Meade, Maryland; "Enemy of the State" film clips shown. [WOMAN, ACLU's Barry STEINHARDT- talk about the NSA.] [NSA's Gen. Michael HAYDEN- comments on the NSA's image; explains why it has to be somewhat secretive, but we will tell what we do for America; denies economic spying on European businesses.] The NSA's 1970s spying on anti-war activists & when eavesdropping is legal recalled. ["Puzzle Palace" author James BAMFORD- comments on the "battle" in which the NSA comes close to going over the line.]