"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, May 02, 2007

The U.S.’ Number One Spy

The Times and Dems for the most part have always coined the NSA eavesdropping program as spying or domestic spying. Now, the next iteration of the program has straight referred to as “his spying program,” however this program is a ramp up of the 1978 FISA law; the FISA of course is what everyone in opposition called for.

As the Times sees it:

“For more than five years, President Bush authorized government spying on phone calls and e-mail to and from the United States without warrants.”

“Mr. Bush’s motivations for submitting this bill now seem obvious. The courts have rejected his claim that 9/11 gave him virtually unchecked powers, and he faces a Democratic majority in Congress that is willing to exercise its oversight responsibilities. That, presumably, is why his bill grants immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated in five years of illegal eavesdropping. It also strips the power to hear claims against the spying program from all courts except the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret.”

Whereas the FISA court has always met in secret and this was ok to all; it now is not.

FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which establishes a legal regime for "foreign intelligence" surveillance separate from ordinary law enforcement surveillance. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95- 511, 92 Stat. 1783 (codified as amended at 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1811, 1821-1829, 1841-1846, 1861-62).”

Obviously we don’t want the government prying where it shouldn’t, also just as obviously we need a government that can pry when and where appropriate. It has been the Times, the Dems and the rest of the msm that has misled exactly what these programs are since the NSA revelation.

If the media took this stream of paranoia that they feel about President Bush and used it elsewhere we might all understand the threat we really face better. We need an honest reporting on the necessary tools for the new type of enemy warfare brought to us after September 11, 2001.

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