Thursday, April 05, 2007

What kind of Orwellian crap is this?

McConnell: U.S. laws limit spy efforts

By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
Wed Apr 4, 6:45 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Current law prevents the government from fully using its capabilities to protect the United States, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell said Wednesday.


"One of the things I worry about most is the current laws and regulations that we have prevent us from using all the talents (and) the capabilities of the government to even play broadly in protecting the nation," he said.

McConnell was not specific about any proposals, but suggested there is more room for intelligence agencies to use there tools to protect the country. He acknowledged that the issue would require significant discussion on Capitol Hill.

He joined the Bush administration as it was under fire from critics who contended it abused its surveillance powers.

McConnell provided a vigorous defense of one such effort — the terrorist surveillance program. Under it, the NSA monitors the international calls and e-mails of Americans when terrorism is expected. He said that President Bush concluded that the program is legal."I can tell you with great confidence ... the fact we do that has saved lives in the United States," McConnell said.

Most recently, he said, the monitoring program had saved lives as he was returning to government late last year. He offered no details and nor would his aides.

As if there are any fraking laws left!!

I conclude that if I drive 140 miles an hour in a school zone it is legal.

Because, driving 140 miles an hour in a school zone saves lives.

No, I will not give you details, and the dogs have no comment either.


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

I'm not sure even a D Prez will be able to fix this shit.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Data Guy said...

I'm tired of this fascist shit. Police states are good for the police, but nobody else.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Metro said...

Well on one point he was correct: There is room for more intelligence ...

Oh sorry--I misread that. Reading through the nausea is difficult.

"T]he NSA monitors the international calls and e-mails of Americans when terrorism is expected."

Wait a second--they get advance warning of terrorist acts? And then they can listen in on international calls and read e-mail?

Seems logical. I mean, what point would there be to say, warning somebody?

I mean, you'd have to create some sort of alert system and change it periodically to let them know an attack was imminent.

Hey--maybe there could be, I dunno, a colour system or something?

At 9:42 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

But Britney says we should have complete faith in our president. And Britney knows stuff.



At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine. Let's take McConnell at his word. Let's have a wide-ranging "debate" about what other police-state powers he thinks he needs to "protect us" from the Bill of Rights. And, let's have that debate in the summer of 2008--right before the Presidential election--so everyone can know precisely how these fascists think, and the Democratic Party majority will only grow in November '08.


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