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    precise meaning

    I was reading an article from Interntional Herald Tribune when I came across the following BOLD sentence:

    Information Highway Patrol / 2007-10-30
    No one can envy the U.S. Department of Homeland Security its multifarious responsibilities stretching from port security to cyberspace. But surely the agency is obliged to respond fully to congressional inquiries about its murky plan to monitor government and private communications in the name of protecting the information infrastructure from terrorists. Details have been vague, but the plan reportedly involves some 2,000 workers and the expertise of the National Security Agency and other espionage specialists to guard the Internet.
    It's no wonder members of Congress are curious, considering the administration's subversive track record of domestic spying. Members on the Homeland Security panels, who complain they are too much in the dark, have asked the agency to hold off on plans to unveil the program as early as next month. Constitutional and privacy questions need to be adequately answered first.

    1. What is "constitutional questions?"

    2. "to hold off on plans to unveil the program" : does "hold off" here mean "postpone"?

    3. "considering the administration's subversive track record of domestic spying" : does administrations here mean "homeland security"? and also, does it mean that the home land security has spied on domestic people in the past??


    Last edited by kpkroy; 01-Nov-2007 at 07:44.

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    Re: precise meaning

    1 The actions might be unconstitutional.
    2 Yes.
    3 The administration is the government- the President and those around him. Yes, it does mean that they have spied on their own citizens in the past.

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