Thursday, May 11, 2006

You say spying I say war on terror

This is basically the unedited story lifted from CNN. Hard to improve on this. For the fringe minority that still supports W with rapturous delight thanks for ruining America.

President Bush said Thursday the government is "not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans" with a reported program to create a massive database of U.S. phone calls. In fact, USA Today has reported that three telecommunications companies, AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, provided the NSA with domestic telephone call records from millions of Americans beginning shortly after the 9/11 attacks. I guess it depends on what you mean by "trolling through the personal lives of millions." If it were East Germany during the cold war then it was spying on their own people. If "The Decider" does it it's for national security reasons.

"Our efforts are focused on links to al Qaeda and their known affiliates," Bush said. "The privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities." Except when you pick up a phone and make a call. Focusing on Al Qaeda and millions of wiretapped calls. Gee. I didn't realize there were millions of Al Qaeda in America. Maybe the Republicans aren't as good at national security and homeland security as they claim to be.

Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona faulted the revelation of the program as harmful to national security. "This is nuts," Kyl said. "We are in a war and we've go to collect intelligence on the enemy and you can't tell the enemy in advance how you are going to do it. And discussing all of this in public leads to that."

We are war. The war will never end. There are more Bushes to back for president. The powers of the government will only increase because national security demands it. Individual rights will diminish and be secondary to the good of the nation. And corporations, who depend on the government to not regulate them out of business will go along with anything so that $400 million retirement packages for CEOs can continue. On top of that the new nominee for CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden the former NSA head who made sure all of the domestic spying happened probably got even more support from Republicans after this USA Today story. Just what the Republicans want at CIA. A guy who will do what the party wants not what the Constitution demands. I should have stayed on the golf course where reality is suspended if only for a few hours.

BONUS BIRTHDAY POST: Happy Birthday to Diane M. in NYC. Happy 30th!


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Hmm, sounds like somebody's been reading my blog.

6:55 PM  
Blogger rMatey said...

By last nights poll, I'm really scared. It shows that myself, along with 35% of the country are terrorists.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Curmudgeon! I am getting really good at turning 30...I might go pro (if there weren't all those drug tests! :)

8:37 AM  

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