Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Monkey See - Monkey Do

Example One:
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 4 — Patricia C. Dunn, the former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, and four other people were indicted here today on state criminal charges in the spying case that has rocked the company.

In addition to Ms. Dunn, the indictment names Kevin T. Hunsaker, a former senior lawyer at H.P.; Ronald L. DeLia, a Boston-area private detective; Joseph DePante, owner of Action Research Group, a Melbourne, Fla., information broker; and Bryan Wagner, a Littleton, Colo., man who is said to have obtained private phone records while working for Mr. DePante.

All of those named face four charges: using of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility, unauthorized access to computer data, identity theft, and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. All of the charges are felonies.

Example Two:
Court Allows Domestic Spying For Now
Bush Administration to Continue Warrantless Surveillance Program During Appeal

Oct. 4, 2006 — CINCINNATI (AP) -The Bush administration is allowed to continue its warrantless surveillance program while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The president says the program is needed in the war on terrorism; opponents say it oversteps constitutional boundaries on free speech, privacy and executive powers.

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