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January 13, 2006

This week on NOW:

Civil rights groups and some lawmakers were outraged when President Bush admitted authorizing eavesdropping without court approval on American citizens suspected of having links to terrorist organizations. Was the move necessary to protect Americans, or was the President making an end run around the law, claiming powers he doesn't have? NOW goes inside the domestic spying controversy that has some calling for a Congressional investigation. The report looks at why the President might need to authorize spying on Americans without warrants, and what the precedent could mean for civil liberties.

If confirmed, Judge Samuel K. Alito will find himself in the swing seat on the Supreme Court, and his rulings could shift the court's position on a variety of issues, including the hot-button issue of abortion. David Brancaccio talks to Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, a pro-life advocacy group, about what Alito's tenure on the Supreme Court could mean for the future of reproductive rights.

In Depth


Domestic Spying Controversy

U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Civil Liberties After 9/11

Supreme Court

Civil Liberties and National Security Timeline

Mary Kay Culp, Kansans for Life

Choice in the Courts


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The Watchers (16:43)

Mary Kay Culp (5:48)


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Producer: Steve Brand
Editor: Kathi Black

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