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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: For All the Right (Wing) Reasons

“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that Congress should require Internet service providers to preserve customer records, asserting that prosecutors need them to fight child pornography.
[…]
He called the government's lack of access to customer data the biggest obstacle to deterring child porn.
‘We have to find a way for Internet service providers to retain information for a period of time so we can go back with a legal process to get them,’ he said.”
-Associated Press, September 19, 2006

“Yes. The information would just be used by the government to stop child pornography. They would never, ever, ever think of abusing that database, and you know that they would use the proper legal process to access the information.”
-Skippy


“A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications in some cases, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on foreign soil, officials say.
The officials say the National Security Agency's interception of a small number of communications between people within the United States was apparently accidental, and was caused by technical glitches at the National Security Agency in determining whether a communication was in fact ‘international.’"
-New York Times, December 21, 2005

“The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.”
-USA Today, May 11, 2006

“You see, this Administration doesn’t exactly have a great history of respecting little things like laws and civil liberties.”
-Skippy


"We respect civil liberties but we have to harmonize this so we can get more information.”
-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, September 19, 2006

“Here is a simple rule for you. If someone says that they respect civil liberties ‘but’… well, they don’t respect civil liberties. He occasionally doesn’t make a lot of sense either..”
-Skippy


“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.”
-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, February 6, 2006

“I’m guessing, just guessing mind you, that President Washington had little or nothing to do with electronic surveillance. And Alberto hasn’t got exactly the best record in the world when it comes to human rights and associated topics.”
-Skippy


“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.
The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly.
‘There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,’ Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. ‘We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected.’
[…]
‘We don't engage in domestic-to-domestic surveillance without a court order,’ Gonzales said, under a ‘probable cause’ legal standard.
But he added that the First Amendment right of a free press should not be absolute when it comes to national security. If the government's probe into the NSA leak turns up criminal activity, prosecutors have an ‘obligation to enforce the law.’”
‘It can't be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity,’ Gonzales told ABC's ‘This Week.’"
-Associated Press, May 21, 2006

“Alberto R. Gonzales, the White House counsel, intervened directly with Justice Department lawyers in 2002 to obtain a legal ruling on the extent of the president's authority to permit extreme interrogation practices in the name of national security, current and former administration officials said Tuesday.

Mr. Gonzales's role in seeking a legal opinion on the definition of torture and the legal limits on the force that could be used on terrorist suspects in captivity is expected to be a central issue in the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings scheduled to begin on Thursday on Mr. Gonzales's nomination to be attorney general.
The request by Mr. Gonzales produced the much-debated Justice Department memorandum of Aug. 1, 2002, which defined torture narrowly and said that Mr. Bush could circumvent domestic and international prohibitions against torture in the name of national security.”
-New York Times, January 4, 2005

“Yep. Nothing to worry about. The government would just have record of every web site that you go to and every email that you send or receive. I can’t imagine why anyone would worry.”
-Skippy


“On many occasions, Doyle instructed the victim, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to perform a sexual act while thinking of him, and described explicit and perverse sexual acts he wished to have with her, in addition to sending her numerous obscene .mpg files (digital movies). He also had sexually explicit telephone conversations with a detective posing as a child on his office line and cell phone. He attempted to seduce the girl during their online chats, encouraging her to purchase a web cam so that she could send graphic images of herself to him, and promised her that he would likewise send nude photos of himself. Many of the conversations he initiated with the victim are too extraordinary and graphic for public release.
[…]

During future online chats, Doyle gave the undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl his office phone number and his government-issued cell phone number, so that they could have telephone conversations, in addition to their online chatting. Doyle used the Internet to send hard-core pornographic movie clips to the girl and used the AOL Instant Messenger chat service to have explicit sexual conversations with her.”
-WTSP, Tampa Bay, April 4, 2006

“Brian Doyle, the man in question above, was the Homeland Security Deputy Press Secretary. He is, of course, accused of pedophilia. Now you may say, ‘But Skippy, that is just one instance. He is a sick man, but he’s the exception, not the rule.’ I agree with that, but there seems to be more than one recent exception to the rule.”
-Skippy, April 6, 2006


“When an Orlando mall security officer responded to a complaint about a man exposing himself to a girl in the food court, the suspect hurried out of the mall and ran through the parking lot.
The suspect was Frank Figueroa, then one of Florida's highest-ranking federal law enforcement officers and the former head of a national program formed to target child sex predators. Since his Oct. 25 arrest at The Mall at Millenia, Figueroa has been suspended from his post as the special agent in charge of the Tampa office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
Figueroa is charged with exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct, which carry a potential punishment of more than a year in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.”
-Tampa Tribune, February 14, 2006

“Mr. Figueroa was also a member of the Department of Homeland security. Hell, he used to run their Operation Predator, which is the Homeland Security Department’s unit devoted to stopping child endangerment. He was, um.. pleasuring himself in front of a 16 year-old girl. Hmm.. Seeing a pattern? Let’s go for the trifecta, and remember what they say..”
-Skippy, April 6, 2006


"Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Third time is enemy action.”
-Auric Goldfinger


“My father was a police officer. I was a police officer. I work for the Department of Homeland security. I understand you guys have a job to do and I’m not trying to tell anything else other than that. I swear to God, as God as my witness, I’m wearing a St. Michael’s medal right now, okay? I was not going to do anything with her.”
-Michael Burks

“Yep. We need to have records of your email and web surfing habits to protect the kids from sexual predators. It would never be abused by sexual predators working for the government and it certainly would not be abused by the same Administration responsible for wiretapping the phones of American citizens without a warrant. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about that. Big Brother will take care of everything.”
-Skippy

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