Monday, November 28, 2005


The American KGB nears birth

Via Avedon Carol's Walter Pincus says: The Defense Department has expanded its programs aimed at gathering and analyzing intelligence within the United States, creating new agencies, adding personnel and seeking additional legal authority for domestic security activities in the post-9/11 world. The moves have taken place on several fronts. The White House is considering expanding the power of a little-known Pentagon agency called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, which was created three years ago. The proposal, made by a presidential commission, would transform CIFA from an office that coordinates Pentagon security efforts -- including protecting military facilities from attack -- to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage...."We are deputizing the military to spy on law-abiding Americans in America....Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a recent interview. In Senate-House conference, the crimes of ideological deviance, parasitism, and premature anti-Saddamism were added to CIFA's purview. Yes, that was a joke. Probably.
Two words: Able Danger.
Something just occurred to me regarding "spying on law-abiding people." If pre-emption is now our grand strategy when it comes to nations, why wouldn't it that thought process extend to individuals. So if someone looks at this or other blogs and says, "this person might commit treason one day. Let's make sure that never happens" that may be grounds enough for an arrest.

Seems a bit over the top, I know, but America is not magically protected against such things. If we sit back and let totalitarianism happen, it will happen.
The Party Opposite, in response to Able Danger, I have two words: Haw Haw.

While what these guys were doing may well have been illegal, I've seen no evidence that they were even as competent as the run-of-the-mill telemarketer.

Horatio, it's not fantasy. As it happens, I am reading an account of a "preventive arrest" from almost 40 years ago. While that case is local police run amok, it happens, even at a policy level.

Read William Sampson's account of a recent detention. And then consider whether your thought is over the top.

I don't think it is at all.
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