Political Influence Operation
Date: December 23, 2005
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said the following of President Bush’s post 9-11 executive order which minimized the need for a court order to wiretap al-Qaeda suspects living overseas,
“Such wide-ranging and unrestricted powers are an invitation to abuse our constitutional rights and freedoms, and should be of concern to everyone in a society based on respect for the law,”
Despite the fact the Dept. of Justice, and past administrations, have confirmed the president’s inherent power to “conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes,” CAIR filed a request with the CIA, the DOD, and the DOJ questioning this power.
In its request, CAIR sought “records concerning the ‘authority’ of President Bush to delegate or personally authorize electronic surveillance without obtaining a court order,” and demanded to see “any and all lists of natural persons, both American and foreign nationals, who have been or are currently being eavesdropped without proper FISA approval.”