February 3, 2006 The stakes will be high when the Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings into an eavesdropping program President Bush says is needed to fight terrorism, and critics say breaks the law.
January 24, 2006 Congress' use-of-force authorization, passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, gave the Bush administration the power to use electronic surveillance, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says. Although not specifically mentioned in the measure, domestic spying is a necessary part of the effort to fight terrorism, he says.
January 23, 2006 President Bush defends his controversial executive order allowing the National Security Agency to conduct spying within the United States without a warrant. The president made his arguments during a speech on the campus of Kansas State University.
January 17, 2006 Two civil liberties groups file lawsuits against the Bush administration, charging the government's domestic eavesdropping program is illegal and unconstitutional. The suits say the program has had a chilling effect on free speech, and the groups are seeking a court injunction to shut down the effort.