Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry
WASHINGTON — For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program.
But the battle is really about something much bigger. At stake is the federal government’s extensive but uneasy partnership with industry to conduct a wide range of secret surveillance operations in fighting terrorism and crime.
. . . To detect narcotics trafficking, for example, the government has been collecting the phone records of thousands of Americans and others inside the United States who call people in Latin America
Drug trafficking? Nine days before Christmas and these bozos are tapping our phones for the war on drugs? How ’bout abstinence only?
‘Scuse me there, Director McConnell, but I thought you just told us it was all necessary because our safety depended on it, that those brutish Middle Eastern bad guys were at the gates. Not Bill Gates or Bob Gates, but the gates of DesMoines, Iowa.
We talkin’ ’bout the crack of gunfire, the crack in our security, the crack in George Bush’s ass–or crack cocaine?