Friday, May 12, 2006

Wiretapping Ad Nauseum

So USA Today had some big "scoop" about the NSA wiretapping...

The paper reported that [The NSA] "has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans . . . The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime." (source)

The President has said that domestic calls are not being "listened to" and only those with known ties to international terrorism can be monitored... Should we believe him? Yes, as Michael Savage said last night (one of Bush's biggest critics right now) if the President has said this on record and it's not true, he could be impeached and be liable to serve jail time.

Double standards exposed time again:

"...As NewsMax noted in December - back when the New York Times tried to ballyhoo a similar story about the NSA's terrorist surveillance program - CBS's "60 Minutes" blew the lid off the agency's domestic wiretapping in Feb. 2000, when the Clinton administration was using it for all sorts of unauthorized purposes.

"60 Minutes" host Steve Kroft introduced the segment by saying:

"If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there's a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country's largest intelligence agency. The top-secret Global Surveillance Network is called Echelon, and it's run by the National Security Agency."

NSA computers, said Kroft, "capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world." (source)

And this:

"IN A BOLD AND CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, the president authorized a program for the surveillance of communications within the United States, seeking to prevent acts of domestic sabotage and espionage. In so doing, he ignored a statute that possibly forbade such activity, even though high-profile federal judges had affirmed the statute's validity. The president sought statutory amendments allowing this surveillance but, when no such legislation was forthcoming, he continued the program nonetheless. And when Congress demanded that he disclose details of the surveillance program, the attorney general said, in no uncertain terms, that it would get nothing of the sort.

In short, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt charted a bold course in defending the nation's security in 1940, when he did all of these things." (source)

When I have more time I have to look up what Sen. Patrick Leahy had to say about the Clinton wiretapping --it's the only way to know if he really gives a crap or is politicizing another faucet of national Security to "blame Bush"...

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