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Mukasey Asked To Explain Terror Call Remarks

EFF IN THE NEWS
April 14, 2008

Two weeks after Attorney General Michael Mukasey tearfully told a San Francisco audience the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could have been prevented if the government had been able to wiretap a phone call from Afghanistan, the Justice Department is still trying to explain what he meant, and a congressional leader is demanding answers.

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But the executive order would have allowed the government to wiretap such a call, said Kurt Opsahl, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy-rights group representing phone customers who have sued over the surveillance program. He noted that the order allowed intercepting calls to the United States if the attorney general had probable cause to believe the U.S. recipient was a terrorist - a standard that easily could have been met, Opsahl said, for any message from an al Qaeda safe house.

Friday, April 11, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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