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by Kalamalama staff

International students at HPU are in the same predicament as U.S. students and many other Americans: we are all—especially those of us with family and friends abroad—wondering whether government agents have been listening to our phone conversations or reading our e-mail.

Many of the spouses of American military personnel serving abroad are in an even worse predicament: their letters, phone calls, and e-mails to loved ones are targeted automatically by their addresses: Iraq and Afghanistan. Are their calls being listened to by Bush administration domestic spies? Are yours?

PFAW says there is, at least theoretically, under U.S. law, a way to find out. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), anyone has the right to request information from the government.

“ Last strengthened by Congress in response to the Watergate scandal,” PFWA has told its members, “FOIA gives citizens a way to demand transparency from the Bush administration—and take the government to court, if necessary.”

If you’re worried you have been spied on, PFWA has created a new tool: www.FOIArequest.org. With this Internet tool, you can file a Freedom of Information Act request quickly, accurately, and easily.

The folks at PFAW offer a caution: “We can’t guarantee that the Bush administration will disclose all this information in compliance with the law, but we can help you through the process. By filing an FOIA request, you will send a strong signal that American citizens believe in the rule of law and aren’t afraid to stand up to the president when he violates the Constitution!”



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