In Washington, DC, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the terrorist surveillance program.
At the same time, in Atlanta, Georgia, the funeral of Coretta Scott King was being held.
- [Former President Jimmy] Carter delivered some of
the most pointed comments, noting that Martin Luther King
Jr. had been "the target of secret government wiretapping
and other surveillance" in his day.
- On October 10, 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert
F. Kennedy ... authorized the Federal Bureau of
Investigation to begin wiretapping the telephones of the
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
- [To be fair, the Atlantic Monthly says this was “one
of the most ignominious acts in modern American
- In a move likely to increase tensions between the
West and Iran, Iranian officials Monday sent a letter to
the United Nations saying it wanted the organization to
"remove by mid-month any seals and surveillance systems on
their uranium enrichment plant, parts of which were still
being monitored by international inspectors."
- On Nov. 4, 1979, thousands of students … overran the
U.S. embassy [in Terahan] and took about 90 people captive.
- On April 24, Operation Eagle Claw, a top-secret
mission to free the hostages, ended in disaster.
- A frustrated President Carter severed diplomatic
relations with Iran and imposed a complete economic embargo
with Iran in April 1980.
- A British Muslim preacher has been jailed for seven
years after being found guilty of 11 terrorism charges,
including soliciting murder and threatening behaviour.
- He was charged with 15 counts, including nine of
soliciting the murder of others, "namely a person or
persons who did not believe in the Islamic faith". Three of
the charges added: "in particular Jewish people".
- One of the things I tried to do in my second round
of questions yesterday was to point out how incomplete and
misleading the President's comments on the NSA program in
the State of the Union address were.
- We now know that two of the hijackers in the United
States placed telephone calls to al Qaeda operatives
overseas. But we did not know about their plans until it
was too late.
- So to prevent another attack -- based on authority
given to me by the Constitution and by statute -- I have
authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively
pursue the international communications of suspected al
Qaeda operatives and affiliates to and from America.
- This administration is effectively saying, and the
attorney general has said it today, it doesn't have to
follow the law.
- The terrorist surveillance program is necessary, it
is lawful, and it respects the civil liberties that we all
- The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who co-founded the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. King [said
pointedly]: "She extended Martin's message against
poverty, racism and war," he said. "She deplored the terror
inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar.”
- Afterward, Lowery moved down the row of Presidents.
Bush 43 shook his hand, and even pulled him in for a hug
with a big smile and a twinkle in his eye’