I agree with almost everything you said. The only thing I was really trying to say in the article was that we don't know enough about the program to condemn it or support it. The more I read about it the more benign it seems to me as far as civil liberties are concerned. But there may be aspects of the program - stuff we'll probably never know due to its sensitive nature - that stepped way over the line and entered the realm of unnecessary violations of the Constitution.
The fact that no one knows this makes lefties look like idiots. But it also makes some conservatives look like Administration shills. I prefer to wait a while before making a value judgment on this very important program.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 4.01.2006 @ 08:16
Good point - but the fact that most of what bloggers are speculating about is already out there anyway, I see very little harm done - except perhaps in that something someone writes may be a way of looking at the program that eluded our enemies.
Possible - but doubtful.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.01.2006 @ 12:00
I disagree strongly that "warrantless bugging" is the new information in all the articles that have been written about the program.
In fact, there have been hints that the program has the cooperation of Telecom companies with regards to the switches where calls are routed as well as many, many other tidbits of info that knowledgable intelligence professionals would be able to construct an outline of HOW the surveillance is carried out. Do you think it would be helpful to our enemies to know that not only are their calls from overseas being monitored but that ANY electronic communications are also intercepted?
Again, in this case, both NSA professionals AND the White House are extremely concerned. Can you see by revealing details to satisfy YOUR curiosity that the program would be compromised further?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.01.2006 @ 10:32
The effect is cumulative as well as specific. We don't know EXACTLY what harm was done because we don't know EXACTLY what info the terrorists have in their possession prior to outing the program.
But you must assume the worst and believe that ANY info helps them. I'm sure al Qaeda's heirarchy has a helluva lot better idea of how the NSA program actually works than the NY Times or any of us.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.01.2006 @ 09:23
The damage is incalcuable. ANY information about how we spy on them can be used to defeat those efforts.
Al Qaeda has extensive contacts with intelligence professionals in both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia who would be more than willing to help them analyze even the tiniest bit of information gleaned from newspaper reports and turn that info into useful ways to defeat our efforts to intercept their communications.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2006 @ 16:14
The day that your blog gets 1500 spam comments and trackbacks - that's ine 1 DAY - let me know. .
Newcomers sometimes have trouble commenting because that's the way the spam program works. I'm sorry but that's the way it is. I don't have time to be fooling around with 1500 comments a day, moderating each one to see where it is legit or not.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 6.01.2006 @ 23:51
This is a comment from blogbud Kender who is having problems posting due to my ravenous anti-spam program.
If GW is true, (global warming, not Bush), then we can expect higer temps and more rain.....if we get more rain we will, naturally, have more clouds....if we have more clouds we will have cooler temps....if we get cooler temps we will get an ICE AGE!!!!
Now, 1350-1850 has been called the little ice age. About 1850 industialization took off.
Did the advent of the Industrial Age prematurely end an Ice Age that would have destroyed Mankind as we know it?"Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 30.12.2005 @ 16:15
I find the more one brags about how smart they are, the dumber they turn out to be.
And your pompous arrogance doesn't faze me in the slightest. If the best critique you can give of the Prez is that he got drunk and stoned 30 years ago, your schoolgirl name calling can then be put in an entirely different context - you simply don't have the brains to do anything accept personally attack your targets.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.12.2005 @ 16:46
Good God is that the best you can do? Make fun of my name?
The last time someone did that I think it was a girl back in the 5th grade - which, judging by your comment, puts you on a par with her emotional maturity and intellectual acumen.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.12.2005 @ 11:06
If you've read my posts on this subject, you'd know that I think the jury is still out on whether or not the law was broken.
Perhaps you can tell us exactly how the NSA program worked. What's that? Speak up idiot!
You mean...YOU DON'T KNOW?
How can you say the law is broken if you don't even know what happened?
And for someone who knows the law, isn't there something in one of them lawr books about, you know, being INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY??
You are not a serious person. And because you are not a serious person with anything serious to say, you are banned from commenting on this site again.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.12.2005 @ 13:50
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