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This is About Much More Than Just NSA Domestic Spying

This administration is attempting to establish totalitarian control, and has proved that it is not to be trusted with the Constitution. Impeachable offenses are being committed.

Now that we know that President Bush, through the misuse of secret executive orders, authorized the super-secret National Security Agency to monitor domestic phone and Internet communications without any involvement of the courts, it's time to recall Admiral Poindexter and his Total Information Awareness project.

Recall that Poindexter, a convicted Iran-Contra felon until he had his conviction overturned on a technicality, had been appointed by Bush to develop a program using Pentagon and NSA supercomputers to monitor all communications and financial transactions in the country.

TIA was officially dumped when word of it leaked out, particularly because of the unsavory history of the man put in charge of it.

But it bears mentioning that in fact, much of the hardware and software for realizing Poindexter's dark dream already exists. Carnivore--a software program that allows the Feds to scan all Internet communications for certain key words--is already in operation. American companies, in fact, have been honing these skills in products they have developed to help China monitor its Internet and phone systems. Don't think those fearsome capabilities have gone unnoticed in the White House.

Without calling it TIA, our government too has begun massively snooping on Americans' private communications.

This is where Bush's so-called "War on Terror" has been taking us.

Every inch of the way, as new steps towards totalitarian control are proposed or introduced--things like John Ashcroft's Operation TIPS citizen spy scheme, Poindexter's TIA, a national ID card, or a chip in everyone's passport--a cry has gone up from the public, left and right, and the administration has publicly backed off.

But then after the furor dies down, they've gone ahead and done it in another, quieter way--a smaller version of TIPS, uniform state drivers licenses that will be a national ID in all but name, and a supposedly less invasive chip in new passports, etc.

The reality is that Bush and Cheney, and all too many of the yes-men and yes-women in Congress, view the Bill of Rights as--to quote our chief executive--"just a goddamned piece of paper."

These people have no respect for the concept of civil liberties. No respect for privacy. No respect for the rule of law.

What they respect, and what they want is total control.

There is still time to stop this march to dictatorship.

Some members of Congress, sensing the public's unease, are starting to make a fuss. They'll do more if the American public starts to really get angry at what is being done to traditional American freedoms by the White House gang, but only if we all start making it clear that we've had enough.

The terrorism threat is a sham.

9-11 happened not because the U.S. was a free society, but because the people in charge were either asleep, didn't want to be bothered, or, more sinisterly, actually wanted for some "Pearl Harbor-like event" to happen.

The real threat to America and to Americans is not some radical religious zealot with a bomb, but a gang of power-hungry politicians bent on making their control in Washington permanent.

That threat will be defeated not by giving up our freedoms, but by defending them all, fiercely and without compromise.

For other stories by Lindorff, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .

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I think the NSA story is a firebreak. 17.Dec.2005 12:26


I think the NSA story is a firebreak. This smacks of one of those stories, intentially designed to initially shock and disgust. I'm sure we'll find out later that it was just a few people spied on and that they were all 'terrorists', and most importantly, that the critics of Bush are always wrong.

Kind of like last week, when the world was up in arms over Khaled El Masri, stories started popping up in U.S. papers like, "Germany denies involvement in CIA kidnappings", or, "El Masri denies he took hush money from Americans". You could literally watch those stories appear on wires, as a direct response to articles severely critical of the Bush gang on the subject.

I'm sure they'd love us all to rant and get upset about the wiretapping and forget that we kidnap innocent people, beat them, cut their clothes off them with scissors, stick things in their butt, wrap them in a diaper and fly them off to a brick factory in Afghanistan to be tortured.

Well, at least now with McCains BS anti-torture crusade, US agents involved in abuse can be re-assigned to listening to our phone calls, and enjoy a healthy dose of immunity from prosecution from the crimes they knowingly committed.

And who researches & makes the software ? 17.Dec.2005 13:08


A major player in the research & manufacture of domestic and international spy software...

Constitution? What Constitution? 17.Dec.2005 16:05

George Orwell's long lost cousin

As Captiol Hill Blue reported a week ago: (  http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml )

When some Republican members of Congress were meeting with Bush to express their concerns of the constitutional questions of renewing the Patriot Act, Bush reacted with this: "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

King George has shown by his decisions and actions for five years that he really believes, "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!" So other than the right of shopping at Wal-Mart, what Constitutional part of America is still intact under the Bush empire?

TALON 18.Dec.2005 17:08

your mama

the program is called TALON, and it has a DOD budget of thirty-five million for domestic spying, i.e., enemies of the state; MSNBC has already reported on it, but our congress does not serve us, it serves us up on a platter, so they can eat cake...


it goes further it seems 19.Dec.2005 20:11

just happened upon

the following story about a UMASS student visited by Homeland Security about a book by Mao Tse-tung.