Wednesday, May 10, 2006

NSA derails domestic spying probe

A Justice Department investigation into its own role in the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program has ended because -- are you ready for this? -- the NSA refused to grant them the necessary security clearances.

You know, it was kind of a slow news day. Kudos to the NSA for shaking things up.

This was Justice probing its own involvement in the matter, not an investigation of the NSA. So in that sense this is small potatoes. But you have to love it when a government agency foils an investigation into one of its projects by the simple expedient of refusing to share any information on the project.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious. How did you feel about Clinton's NSA program called, Echelon? It was more invasive....actually monitoring content and substance. And yet Democrats never said a word about it. PLUS, it was before 9/11.....after which it became obvious we needed such a phone monitoring program more than ever.

The NSA can log my phone calls all they want. I don't mind that anybody knows I'm calling Aunt Lily in Nebraska. (Not that they would notice, because this is not what's important to them) As long as they are getting the key they need to detect a possible al Qaeda cell and/or attack, and therefore prevent it, I am perfectly fine with it. Didn't bother me when Clinton's administration was doing it, and doesn't bother me now.

5/11/2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

Oh, Echelon again.

Okay, try this.

Not only was Echelon legal -- it only spied on people outside the United States -- but it was also lambasted by the same people who now point to it as a defense for Bush.

Here's another:

Echelon used FISA warrants when it went after specific people.

Also, let's note that the domestic version of Echelon, the FBI's Carnivore project, was *canceled* as an improper intrusion.

5/11/2006 10:43 PM  
Blogger JP said...

Anonymous - clearly you're more scared by the terra-ist hype than I am. I didn't get all worked up with the administration's claims of WMD in Iraq (thankfully, for they really did not exist). I'm not getting worked up about Iran because I know they're 5 or 10 years away from a WMD.

9/11 was a follow-up on the first WTC attack in '93, it most certainly did NOT "change everything." All of this in fact is fallout from our middle east policies over 20 years, or 60 years depending on how you look at it.

5/12/2006 12:06 PM  

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