"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

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Art of Understanding Nothing - New York Times

The Art of Saying Nothing - New York Times

"Generally, Mr. Gonzales stuck to the same ludicrous arguments the administration has continually offered for sidestepping the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expressly forbids warrantless spying on people in the United States."

To the editorialist: The Art of Understanding Nothing

"Legal Standards for the Intelligence Community in Conducting Electronic Surveillance

(U) Electronic surveillance is conducted by elements of the Intelligence Community for foreign intelligence and foreign counterintelligence purposes. Because of its potential intrusiveness and the implications for the privacy of United States persons,1 ...

1 "United States person" means a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence (as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), an unincorporated association a substantial number of members of which are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or a corporation which is incorporated in the United States, but does not include a corporation or an associated which is a foreign power, as defined in 50 U.S.C. §1801(a)(1), (2), or (3). See 50 U.S.C. §1801(i).

Bush and his evil administration are without exception doing all they can to tramp on Americans. This is the basic kneejerk reaction. How many are actually US Persons? Most of it is just data, not so much conversations. Do people really feel that they are invading the average Americans privacy? Are we now going to go down the road of Gitmo?

FISA § 1806. Use of information - covers circumstances involving the unintentional acquisition of data. Why wouldn't the government adhere to this type of thing with the NSA wiretapping?

The president reported to leaders of the House and Senate and its intelligence committees. Yet according to the soon to be latest conservative darling of the media, Heather Wilson, R-New Mexico, chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, "that is not oversight." Why not?

The congress feels it must get it's hands into everything. How long do secrets remain secrets when they are privy? We now have Democrats that still insist the president "stole the election," in 2000, the president lied us into Iraq, etc. Why wouldn't they stoop to further lows (they keep proving there is still a lower low), in their fight for power? Why is their dishonesty and disingenuousness believable?

Most of these people are ignorant until something is brought up to them and then their knowledge is still limited. They're no different than the idiots in the MSM that jump from one subject/story to another without a wit of understanding. They need to stop grandstanding and shut their mouths. A prime example; straightened out by Powerline is here. Or check out another example of ignorance from the mouth of Dicky "D" Durbin here. Those are examples of individuals either writing or interviewing that have a clue.

Have you noticed that there is an election coming up and many of these fools are concerned about reelection? Either that or they are a Joseph Lowery, with "She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew, and we know, that there are weapons of misdirection right down here." and "Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor." But his remarks and Carter's weren't a big deal since "the event featured no direct attacks on President Bush," according to John Nichols of The Nation. It was all part of a "healthy dose of reality" for the president; which makes you wonder what Nichols has been dosing?

Also according Nichols, Poor Jimmy "Carter was denounced as "shameless" by the New York Post and ridiculed by Republican commentators," for saying the Kings were “victims of secret government wiretapping.” Which are historical fact, says Nichols though no further "fact" is necessary for our edification.

By bringing up "wiretapping" Carter was "echoing Bush’s domestic spying program." according to MSNBC.com, again with no need for accuracy in history. "Domestic spying program," nice choice of words for the MSM, so suprising. But what do you expect from entities that don't understand anything but conspiracy real and imagined.

It is interesting how one a "historical fact," can have nothing to do with the other, except for the terminology of "wiretap." Mr. Carter, I'm sure, is suffering from some type of dementia in his old age. Hopefully Jack won't be as bad as he, but based on remarks at the announcement of his campaign, when he "attacked the Bush administration for its failure to provide prompt aid in Hurricane Katrina and for the stalemate in Iraq." Chalk up yet another positive voice from the left. Lucky Nevada!!! If only "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," were more accurate, then one might be more encouraged to vote for Carter and Reid.

How I got here, I have no idea? It must be something I "dosed," in this cramped "bubble."


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