"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, May 16, 2006

U.S. doesn't eavesdrop on phone calls of ordinary Americans

There is a story brewing. One that has been brewing for a couple of years now, yet that damn pot is never done; it just keeps brewing. The msm and the Left continuously revisit in their attempts to dethrone president Bush. It is more by the implication of nefarious doings than by any illegal doings. We wouldn't be discussing this is the very way we are were the NSA programs illegal.

Sure politicians on both sides of the aisle grumble, make speeches and utter sound bytes, but in reality, with the exception of very few, they understand it is not illegal.

They may say the administration is very closed, secretive and strikes like an asp, but that is merely a feint to avoid publicly facing up to the reality that nothing untoward has taken place. A prime example is this quote from CNN.com today:

Democrats have said the White House has a double standard, criticizing leaks on its national security programs while approving leaks on political adversaries to defend the case for the Iraq war. The disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's name has been cited as the epitome of that policy.
Were the msm more honest in its reporting it would at least mention the questions surrounding the veracity of these statements, yet they ignore any inconvenient facts about Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame. The story is that the administration struck back unfairly at Joseph Wilson for revealing the truth, when in fact his OpEd piece had very little to do with the facts of his trip; up to and including his actual findings. The double standard the Democrats speak of is actually their double standard; though they don't realize it.

Attack the administration for revealing Plames name. Did she have covert status, and if so didn't most of Washington know Valerie Plame? Wilson said his wife had nothing to do with his trip to Niger. Not true. Wilson said he found no proof of an Iraqi attempt to obtain yellow cake; yet this is not what he reported upon his return.

I certainly would not belittle the "outing" of a covert agent, but her husband had an odd way of respecting that status if it is/was in fact her status. There I go, blaming Wilson. But not really, it's just odd. They are a couple of players with a stacked deck and they knew it and know it and the media played along either purposely or lazily.

The government is eavesdropping again go the headlines. Nope, just collecting data on phone calls. My phone calls won't end up on any of these "hit" lists. My phone calls will not be listened in on. G-men are not going to knock on, or bust my door in and take me away.

How do I know this is the case? Because I do not live in a paranoid world of made up bogeymen. Anything is possible, but that doesn't make it so.


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