Friday News Roundup

May 12, 2006

USA Today reported yesterday that Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth have been providing the National Security Agency with the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. In response to the story, President Bush stated, "The privacy of all Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities. Our efforts are focused on Al Qaeda and their known associates."

Meanwhile, the USA Today story has Congress stirring. Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont) retorted, "Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaida?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) has announced he will ask the phone companies to appear for a hearing.

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay has announced he will resign from Congress on June 9. You can read his letter of resignation here.

The White House has announced that President Bush will address the nation from the Oval Office on Monday. The president intends to speak about immigration policy reform.

John Aravosis of AMERICAblog asks the blogosphere to consider the issue of Net Neutrality. Should we turn the cyber highways into turnpikes? Does such regulation save the Internet, or suffocate it? Click HERE for Aravosis's synopsis of the issue, plus links to the proponents and the opponents of Net Neutrality.

Finally, ABCNews is reporting today that "Phone-Records Surveillance Is Broadly Acceptable to Public."