Friday, January 06, 2006

It's the Warrants, Stupid!

By Cassandra D

As I was reading the Letters to the Editor on the NSA spying scandal in today's Oklahoman, I was struck again by just how stupid a lot of our fellow citizens are.

Who, exactly, says that the government should NOT be able to wiretap suspected terrorists? Nobody in their right mind. THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE!

The issue is that our government is now spying on our citizens without getting warrants. And I didn't say "without getting warrants first" because the law says we can spy first, and get a warrant later. There goes the argument that we don't have time to go through proper and legal channels.

People who buy the line that this is about "doing whatever it takes to fight the terrorists" are idiots.

Cheney and company are counting on those idiots both in the press and in the populace to keep on buying and selling that straw man story, and, unfortunately, it seems to be working.

Get rid of the kingdom and give me back my country!

We don't need King George!

And another thing...
Why do dictator apologists say that the disclosure of the illegal wiretapping was such a blow to our national security? "It was a secret that we were now doing it [surveillance of phone conversations between people in the U.S. and suspected terrorists overseas] specifically to go after Al Qaeda." Puh-LEASE. One thing we all should have learned by now: Al Qaeda terrorists aren't as stupid as we would like them to be. And stupid is what they would be if they thought we weren't doing everything we could to listen in. What, exactly, would they learn by the NYT revelation? It's not like people who are wiretapped with a warrant are notified of the wiretapping when the warrant is issued. And why, I must ask, are these outraged "patriots" not even more outraged by the intentional blowing of the cover of a CIA agent (and therefore countless others in target countries) who investigated weapons of mass destruction? Where's the greater damage to our national security?


At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Howard Dean said...

Wow, this generated a lot of response. Good work, Cassandra.

At 12:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

obama has continued and expanded this, foreign wars, signing statements, lobbyists, and everything bad about the bush administration.
Just like bush continued all of clinton's uncinstitutional crap and dirty tricks.
The only answer to this is the supreme law of the land and people such as Ron Paul who are willing to risk things to protect it.


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