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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: For Your Own Good

“Vice President Dick Cheney argued in the weeks after the September 11 attacks that the National Security Agency should intercept domestic telephone calls and e-mails without warrants as part of its war on terrorism, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.
Cheney and his top legal adviser, David Addington, believed the Constitution permitted spy agencies to take such sweeping measures to defend the country, The newspaper said, citing two senior intelligence officials who spoke anonymously.”
-New York Times, May 13, 2006

“That can’t be right. Fearless Leader loves Dick like no other man. Dick is seated at his right side in the White Palace. Dick can’t have been working against America.”

“On Dec. 27, for example, about two weeks after the New York Times disclosed NSA eavesdropping on international calls to and from the United States, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said the effort was ‘a limited program.’
‘This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner,’ Duffy said. ‘These are designed to monitor calls from very bad people to very bad people who have a history of blowing up commuter trains, weddings and churches.’"
-Washington Post, May 15, 2006

“Ok. I feel better about it now. Just very bad people need to worry. Good people will not be spied on.”

“When he was asked about the National Security Agency's controversial domestic surveillance program last Monday, U.S. intelligence chief John D. Negroponte objected to the question and said the government was ‘absolutely not’ monitoring domestic calls without warrants.
‘I wouldn't call it domestic spying,’ he told reporters. ‘This is about international terrorism and telephone calls between people thought to be working for international terrorism and people here in the United States.’"
-Washington Post, May 15, 2006

“Nope. Not monitoring at all, unless you consider recording exactly where every phone call that you have made or received in the last five years went ‘monitoring’. Then I guess we’d have to call that statement by Negroponte ‘lying’.”

“The FBI acknowledged late Monday that it is increasingly seeking reporters’ phone records in leak investigations.

‘It used to be very hard and complicated to do this, but it no longer is in the Bush administration,’ said a senior federal official.
The acknowledgement followed our blotter item that ABC News reporters had been warned by a federal source that the government knew who we were calling.
The official said our blotter item was wrong to suggest that ABC News phone calls were being ‘tracked.’
‘Think of it more as backtracking,’ said a senior federal official.
But FBI officials did not deny that phone records of ABC News, the New York Times and the Washington Post had been sought as part of a investigation of leaks at the CIA.
In a statement, the FBI press office said its leak investigations begin with the examination of government phone records.
‘The FBI will take logical investigative steps to determine if a criminal act was committed by a government employee by the unauthorized release of classified information,’ the statement said.
Officials say that means that phone records of reporters will be sought if government records are not sufficient.
Officials say the FBI makes extensive use of a new provision of the Patriot Act which allows agents to seek information with what are called National Security Letters (NSL).
The NSLs are a version of an administrative subpoena and are not signed by a judge. Under the law, a phone company receiving a NSL for phone records must provide them and may not divulge to the customer that the records have been given to the government.”
-ABC News, May 15, 2006

“And the best way to defend America is to monitor the calls made to the Press. That way we can root out all of the traitors in the Administration who have been leaking word of the illegal activities that the government has been engaging in.. You know, like the illegal secret prisons and illegal wiretapping and things like that. Telling the Press about the illegal things that the government does endangers our ability to fight the Terrorists. They are only throwing the Rule of Law out the window and creating a totalitarian government in order to protect us.”

”If this was a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 18, 2000


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