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  •  Just one? (3+ / 0-)
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    forgore, brushysage, eponymouse

    Not sure as there is a later quote but not sure if they both refer to the same one.  

    Fox is to "news" as WWE is to "wrestling."

    by skisb on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 05:36:17 PM PDT

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    •  I think they were (1+ / 0-)
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      And in one previously undisclosed episode, the N.S.A. tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant, according to a U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the matter.

      The agency believed that the congressman, whose identity could not be determined, was in contact as part of a congressional delegation to the Middle East in 2005 or 2006 with an extremist who had possible terrorist ties and was already under surveillance, the official said. The agency then sought to eavesdrop on the congressman’s conversations to gather more intelligence, the official said.

      The official said the plan was ultimately blocked because of concerns from some officials in the intelligence community about the idea of using the N.S.A., without court oversight, to spy on a member of Congress.

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