EXCLUSIVE: Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants
By David E. Kaplan
In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts.
Federal officials familiar with the program maintain that warrants are unneeded for the kind of radiation sampling the operation entails, but some legal scholars disagree. News of the program comes in the wake of revelations last week that, after 9/11, the Bush White House approved electronic surveillance of U.S. targets by the National Security Agency without court orders. These and other developments suggest that the federal government's domestic spying programs since 9/11 have been far broader than previously thought.…
Who are they kidding, 'far broader than previously thought'? Okay, they really mean it. It's because they have incorrectly failed to expect quasi-Nazism from quasi-Nazis. (I expect it and then use what actually happens to check my results. I was wrong about Saddam's non-existent weapons but, after making that correction, oh how right I have been about the Leader. How would U.S. News react if the story were about whatever murders these guys have had done?)