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Friday, December 16, 2005


Not really. The NSA program to search for evidence of terrorist activity inside the U.S. was hardly a "secret" activity. If you read the story you'll find that Sen. Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and other congressional leaders were briefed about the program, as was the judge in charge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the court that deals with national security issues.

Also, they were only monitoring international telephone calls and international e-mail messages. If they wanted to expand the observation to include domestic communications, they asked for a warrant.

Not only that, but the program helped prevent attacks and save lives. It helped uncover a plot by Iyman Faris, an Ohio trucker and naturalized citizen who pleaded guilty in 2003 to supporting Al Qaeda by planning to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge with blowtorches, and stopped another Qaeda plot, involving fertilizer bomb attacks on British pubs and train stations.

The New York Times, in what to me is a seditious act, delayed this story for a year. Why? If they're so all fired outraged about this why wait to publish it? Ah yes, it does serve nicely to wipe the Iraqi elections success off the map and helped kill the Patriot Act. Two birds - one traitorous stone.

And this is what, the fourth major national security leak? Obviously someone very high up isn't what the appear to be. Me thinks we have a new Benedict Arnold lurking about.


Steve 12/16/2005 06:40:00 PM  

I was under the impression you were going to clarify the signifigance and intent of my statements you misrepresented on your site. I guess I was wrong.

“…they will actually speak in favor of criminal organizations.”

The above are your words speaking to how you incorrectly interpreted my statements.

You also state the following,

"Which you were doing, even though you didn’t intend to. I realize you view the gangs as a tool to use to reach those kids where they are. I just happen to think that’s more dangerous than helpful".

So you admit I didn't intend to do what you assumed I did, but yet you still will post on your site that I speak in favour of criminal organizations.

How about a little bit of transparent accuracy Kevin? Up until this discussion I did not pressume to know anything about you. Given my experience of the past day and a half, I know all I need to.

I would appreciate it if you make good on your assurance of publishing a retraction.

Shawmut 12/17/2005 01:45:00 PM  

It's do much better to explain the legitimate use of measures available in defending the country against terrorist activity as the President has than hypocratizing (sic) the failure to act as we witnessed in the 90's.

Jeff 12/18/2005 12:08:00 AM  

Of course, any spin by the New York Times is taken as gospel.

Matty the Damned 12/18/2005 12:14:00 AM  

Dearest Kevin,

I know you've turned on comment moderation to exclude any views that are contrary to your own (something that Buckles and I proud of having forced you to do; we weren't suprised because you come across as spineless) - so I'm sending this message for your benefit.

I promised to write an article just for you over at the Spin Cycle. It's been done. Do check it out.




Kevin 12/18/2005 09:30:00 PM  


I apologized to Scott. I feel that is sufficient.


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