Warrantless Surveillance Will Continue
A federal court has ruled that the Bush administration can continue its warrantless surveillance program while its constitutionality is appealed in court.
Opponents of the program, which tracks phone calls and emails between people in the U.S. and people overseas, say it oversteps constitutional privacy boundaries, while President Bush contends that it is needed to fight terrorism.
A federal judge in Detroit ruled ruled the program unconstitutional this August.
The government, led by Bush, argues that the U.S. would “be more vulnerable to a terrorist attack” if the program is suspended during the appeals process.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to American
The Swedish Royal Academy has announced that yet another American has won a Nobel prize this year.
Roger Kornberg, a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, says he never expected “something so remarkable.”
Kornberg’s father, Arthur, also won a Nobel prize: the 1959 Nobel Prize for medicine. Kornberg says he remembers traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, with his father for the award ceremony.
Kornberg will receive the award in the category of chemisty for his research into how cells take information from genes to produce proteins, a process thought to be important to understanding cancer and heart disease.
The Swedish Royal Academy announced earlier this week that Americans had also won Nobel prizes in both medicine and physics.
Foley Spokesman Speaks Out on Case
A spokesman for Former Florida Congressman Mark Foley says Foley was sexually abused as a teenager.
According to attorney David Roth, an unspecified clergyman molested Foley when he was between the ages of 13 and 15, but he also says Foley is accepting full responsibility for sending sexually-charged computer messages to teenage male pages.
Roth says Foley is an alcoholic who never drank in public and that he was under the influence of alcohol when he sent many of the e-mails and instant messages. He says Foley is currently in rehab for alcoholism.
Roth also acknowledged for the first time that the former Republican congressman is gay and that the disclosure was part of his client’s “recovery.” He says Foley has never had imappropriate contact with a minor.
More Developments in Hewlett-Packard Scandal
Indictments are reported to be on their way in the Hewlett-Packard corporate spying scandal.
Former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, HP ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker, and a Boston-area private investigator, along with two others, will be the targets of criminal indictments to be filed by California’s attorney general on Wednesday, according to The New York Times and BusinessWeek
Each defendant will face four felony charges, including identity theft and using false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility.
The charges claim that last month HP disclosed that detectives who were hired to find out who leaked confidential information had secretly obtained detailed phone logs of directors, employees and journalists. They are thought to have posed as their targets to trick phone companies into turning over the records.