December 21, 2005

Spying: The definitive Delaware blog post, part 2

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National Review's editorial board on the NSA spy flap:

We are once again living in September 10 America. The signs are all around us: Congress's acting to neuter interrogations of terrorist detainees; the Senate's filibustering the reauthorization of the most important piece of counterterrorism legislation since 9/11, the Patriot Act; and now the controversy over National Security Agency intercepts of conversations between persons in the United States and suspected al Qaeda operatives overseas.

Mark "The Great One" Levin has still more on the whole spy deal. Excerpt:

Where is the historical precedent for a commander-in-chief, especially during war, being required to ask permission from a court to spy on the enemy, including intercepting communications? Did Abraham Lincoln (Civil War), Woodrow Wilson (World War I), FDR/Harry Truman (World War II), Ike (Korean War), and/or JFK/LBJ/Richard Nixon (Vietnam War) use probable cause as the basis for intercepting enemy communications?
Here's a nice technical overview of the whole NSA deal.

Here's a Clinton Justice official who says the Bush has authorization to order surveillance.

Military spy satellites spying on suspects of the Oklahoma City bombing? Where was the Left's outrage? Two things most likely inhibited it: Clinton in the White House and politically correct bad guys.

Yeah, a real "ha ha satire" of the Bush spy flap.

Slate weighs in on the whole shebang. Hey! No mention of ECHELON and the Clinton years! Surprise!!!

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a good post on drudgereport about the authorization of electronic surveilance during the clinton and carter years as well.....this is political bs.....at a time of war no less...what do you expect from the idealess dems.....

Posted by: schmitt at December 21, 2005 09:08 PM

Distillation:

Favorable result of spying if you're a GOPer? Terrorists get caught before they can carry out attacks.

Favorable result if you're a Dem?
Bush administration looks bad. Even better if more Americans die in terror attacks despite the spying, because it shows the administration is not only evil but ineffective.

Posted by: G Rex at December 22, 2005 04:04 PM

Terrorists get caught before they can carry out attacks.

G Rex,

I know common sense is an anathema to you but, where are the arrests? With all of this spying where are the terrorists who have been caught?

Wait. I know. The administration is keeping them a secret so that they can make even more arrests and foil even more evil-doers. Heck, they have probably foiled hundreds or thousands of nuclear bomb attacks by now. They so love America, they take no credit whatsoever.

You guys sure have a great deal of faith in your neocon heros, but I guess it takes a blind leap of faith to be a republican these days.

Posted by: jason at December 23, 2005 11:38 AM

Whatcha got there?

It's my alligator stone.

What's if for?

It keeps alligators away.

Oh. Does it work?

Well, I don't see any alligators around here, do you?

Posted by: G Rex at December 23, 2005 05:17 PM

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