"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends - New York Times

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends - New York Times: "In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month."

"But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans."

I guess this means that none of it was worth it.

This article is yet another lame duck news piece that begins and starts with anonymous sources. The entire article is based upon these sources "opinions" and nothing more.

To me, quoting Admiral Inman, the former N.S.A. director and deputy director of C.I.A., "the F.B.I. complaints about thousands of dead-end leads revealed a chasm between very different disciplines. Signals intelligence, the technical term for N.S.A.'s communications intercepts, rarely produces "the complete information you're going to get from a document or a witness" in a traditional F.B.I. investigation.'

If the NSA and FBI approach/discipline/mission is different, which it is. And you have disgruntled FBI as your "sources" you can write whatever angle you want as the NY Times.

The Times has put it's neck out with it's breaking with the "secret" NSA domestic "spying" system and they must continue it. They cannot back down, as they rarely, if ever have in the past.

Are you going to trust them to just tell it like it is? I'm not.


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