This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) "New York Times" report that President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to monitor & record phone calls & e-mail messages of citizens without a warrant noted.
(White House: Martha Raddatz) The secret spying on Americans featured; details given about the applicable law, of the administration's case for the need for extraordinary powers in a time of global terrorism & about Iyman Faris†, who planned to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in an Al Qaeda plot. [On "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," BUSH - says we will uphold the law & protect civil liberties.] [In the Senate, Senators Arlen SPECTER, Edward KENNEDY - criticize spying.] [Former counterterrorism official Richard CLARKE†- gives an example of previous policy.] [George Washington University law school Jonathan TURLEY†- says there may be major legal problems.]
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) The Senate vote against reauthorizing major provisions of the Patriot Act noted.
(New York: Ned Potter) The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency examined; scenes shown of the NSA installation in Sugar Grove, West Virginia, that allows the government to eavesdrop on satellite transmissions; details given about how easy it is to monitor information. [EXPERT, wiretapping expert Matt BLAZE‡, globalsecurity.org John PIKE†- say the technology of interception has become easier.]
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Statements from President Bush about the Iraqi elections & from Gen. George Casey about troops coming home outlined.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff; Baghdad: Elizabeth Vargas) The voter turnout in Iraq, the timetable for counting the ballots, the difficulties in forming a coalition to run the new government, the big questions about the Sunnis & the mood in Baghdad discussed.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff; Washington: Pierre Thomas) Justice Department announcement of indictments in a child prostitution ring case that is operating across the country in major cities discussed; wanted posters shown.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) A bitter debate over a science fraud case in which South Korean scientist Hwang woo-suk claimed to have used cloning to custom make embryonic stem cells for 11 patients reported.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.
(New York: Dan Harris) "Science" report that "white DNA" originated from a genetic mutation examined; details given about the "race" issue. [Penn State College of Medicine Dr. Keith CHENG- says he was warned the implications might be uncomfortable; notes the significance of the change in "one letter in the instruction book of life."] [National Human Genome Research Inst. Dr. Francis COLLINS- says we have demystified something about skin color.] [Political commentator Earl Ofari HUTCHINSON- comments on bias.]
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) The death of actor John Spencer of the TV series "West Wing" reported; clips shown.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) The National Assessment of Adult Literacy report on adult literacy reported.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) National Health Policy Forum statistics on caregivers for the elderly cited.
(New York: Betsy Stark) Two stories about daughters who have put careers on hold to become full-time caregivers for aging parents presented. [In New York City, 52-year-old daughter Marian RIVLIN, her MOTHER - comment.] [University of California at Berkeley professor Arlie HOCHSCHILD- talks about the balancing act.] [In Florida, mother & daughter Dorothy & Jane BIOSSAT- talk about their lives.]
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) 83-year-old actor Dick Boyd, who has played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" every holiday season for 30 years, profiled; scenes shown from the Omaha Community Playhouse; photos shown. [BOYD - says he started the role in the play in 1976; notes we don't have understudies in community theater, so he will retire after this year; comments on the joy of fellowship.] Boyd's career & family background reviewed.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Last week's Person of the Week, 16-year-old mathematician Michael Viscardi, noted learning he has been accepted into Harvard University.