"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
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Monday, August 06, 2007

The Antediluvian Era of Telecommunications

Today it seems we have more chance of finding Noah’s ark, than getting Democrats and their adherents like the NY Times editorial board to see the light.

Last Friday 8/3 I avoided posting about the NYT editorial board and its continuing hissy fit with regard to NSA wiretaps et al., because I had had just about all I could take from them and the media in general on this subject. Rather than report honestly, each issue that comes up is treated as the latest "dirt" affording the hopes of the next Pulitzer. As to the usual course they went at the administration as stampeding Congress:

“Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not feel bound by the law or the Constitution when it comes to the war on terror. It cannot even be trusted to properly use the enhanced powers it was legally granted after the attacks.”

Read this opinion and almost any other and if you didn’t know where you were reading it from, throw in a couple four letter words and you would be surprised when told it wasn’t from Kos.

Over the weekend as the Congress let out for vacation having accomplished little more than the national government of Iraq it passed temporary acknowledgement of the authority to monitor international communications to the executive.

In perfect NYT fashion, the board still living in the Nixon era sees “conspiracy” and the latest Bush version of Fascism:

“Ever since, the White House has tried to pressure Congress into legalizing Mr. Bush’s rogue operation. Most recently, it seized on a secret court ruling that spotlighted a technical way in which the 1978 law has not kept pace with the Internet era.”

This morning we get a taste of what it means to have passed the barely appropriate version of foreign surveillance from the view of the editors at NRO:

“That task has never been more vital than it is today, when transnational terror networks, seeking access to weapons of enormous power, vow to attack us after killing nearly 3,000 Americans. Yet our defense is hindered by an improvident and outdated legislative scheme, the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. FISA was an overreaction to Nixon-era abuses, which included employing the CIA to conduct domestic spying on the administration’s political enemies. FISA purports to require that the president, before monitoring foreign communications, satisfy a federal court (specially created by FISA) that there is probable cause to believe the surveillance target is an “agent of a foreign power.”’

If the Democrats are not serious, we know a group, it’s affiliates, off-shoots and wannabes are; so do we continue playing games or are we going to give ourselves a fighting chance at keeping up as best as we can with the communications and/or possible communications of our enemies?

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