AG's 'Invented' 9/11 Claim Is Scare Tactic

Salon scribe blasts Mukasey claim that law blocked key eavesdrop
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 3:35 PM CDT
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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(Newser) – Michael Mukasey’s recent claim that surveillance laws barred eavesdropping on a crucial pre-9/11 phone call is either an attempt to scare up support for spying or a revelation of massive US failure, Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon. The 9/11 Commission never mentioned the mysterious phone call—and the executive director tells Greenwald he has no idea what the Attorney General is talking about.

Further, Mukasey's claim that the restrictive law kept the government from saving lives is demonstrably false: FISA doesn’t, and never has, required a warrant for tapping foreign targets. Amazingly, Mukasey also appears to have “invented a critical episode” that all but blames civil libertarians for the terrorist attacks, Greenwald concludes, wondering, where’s the outrage?