Tuesday, May 16, 2006
NSA: A Data Miner's Perspective
And why it's much more likely that they're using the data for gerrymandering and suppressing the Democratic vote (and boosting the GOP vote) than they are for fighting terrorists. More on this here and here.
oh no! too late!
In its official legal briefs and public actions, the Bush administration has advanced a view of federal power that is astonishingly broad, a view that includes
a federal government empowered to regulate core political speech—and restrict it greatly when it counts the most: in the days before a federal election;
a president who cannot be restrained, through validly enacted statutes, from pursuing any tactic he believes to be effective in the war on terror;
a president who has the inherent constitutional authority to designate American citizens suspected of terrorist activity as "enemy combatants," strip them of any constitutional protection, and lock them up without charges for the duration of the war on terror— in other words, perhaps forever; and
a federal government with the power to supervise virtually every aspect of American life, from kindergarten, to marriage, to the grave.
President Bush's constitutional vision is, in short, sharply at odds with the text, history, and structure of our Constitution, which authorizes a government of limited powers.
Or would it be the "conspiracy crap" of former Reagan Treasury official Paul Craig Robertson? Of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich?
All of these people say Bush is way out of bounds.
But you evidently feel you can just do the verbal equivalent of farting and that makes your opinion respectable.
But then, I guess that's the sort of thing we can expect from someone who doesn't mind that Verizon is letting the NSA monitor his phone and e-mail.
Geez, you'd think that the Leadership Institute would send out better trolls. But only the third-stringers must be left on K Street now that the DeLay-Abramoff-Norquist moneylaundering machine's been shut down.
If most Americans refuse to face facts, refuse to pay attention to people who know history, and insist on making public fools of themselves, the country is in a lot worse trouble than installing George Disaster Bush as president.
After all, the Klan was never stronger than just before the Great Depression.
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