Once again, the Boston
Globe feeds us a line of hooey:
The administration has acknowledged eavesdropping on Americans’ international
communications without seeking court approval. President Bush has said the
eavesdropping is legal because of a congressional resolution passed after
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that authorized him to use force against terrorism.
In fact, the neocons—it is no longer relevant to talk about Bush,
as he is little more than a wind-up doll, albeit a damaged wind-up doll—are
snooping domestically and it is disingenuous for the corporate media to go on
and on about “international communications,” as if the government
is only snooping calls going out of the country.
Snooping is so widespread both domestically and internationally, the
European Parliament produced a report some time ago recommending that citizens
of member states routinely use cryptography in their communications to protect
In 1999, well before everything changed—that is before the globalists
decided to ramp up their fascist efforts in the wake of the nine eleven false
S. Poole wrote: “ECHELON is … being used for purposes well outside
its original mission. The regular discovery of domestic surveillance targeted
at American civilians for reasons of ‘unpopular’ political affiliation
or for no probable cause at all in violation of the First, Fourth and Fifth
Amendments of the Constitution—are consistently impeded by very elaborate
and complex legal arguments and privilege claims by the intelligence agencies
and the US government. The guardians and caretakers of our liberties, our duly
elected political representatives, give scarce attention to these activities,
let alone the abuses that occur under their watch.”
In U.S. District Court, the American Civil Liberties Union squared off against
the Justice Department. “Making its case in court for the first time,
the government argued that the president needs as much power as necessary to
secure the country, especially as Al Qaeda continues to threaten the United
States with terrorist attacks,” reports the Detroit
Of course, there is absolutely no “al-Qaeda” threat anywhere in
the country, regardless of a steady stream of lurid fantasies and campfire stories
released by the corporate media, and for anybody with two brain cells to rub
together it is obvious nine eleven, the terrorist event sans pareil, is an inside
job, although millions of people prefer to be conditioned by the corporate media,
maidservant of the fascist state. Like folks who believe in alien abductions
and the visage of Jesus appearing on grilled cheese sandwiches, millions of
Americans believe a handful of cave-dwelling Arabs were able to suspend the
law of physics on September 11, 2001.
In order to scare us into submission, and have us accept massive violations
of our constitutional rights, at one time a birthright in this country, Justice
Department lawyer-factotum, Tony Coppolino, droned on for 50 minutes about “al-Qaeda”
in a Detroit courtroom, declaring the terrorist group, a well-known CIA operation,
“attacked and killed thousands” and “threatens to attack us
again,” although he did not bother to offer a shred of evidence, as the
fairy tale is taken as gospel truth now, thanks to a relentless, half decade
long drumbeat of propaganda dispensed by the corporate media, making sure to
follow their government script closely. “For that reason, the U.S. government
must be allowed to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of Americans in
some cases…. He stressed that any surveillance is ‘narrowly and
specifically focused on Al Qaeda,’” the Freep would have us believe.
Meanwhile, as a reminder America is now a fascist police state, two “software
vendors have made their IP wiretapping tools for carriers and law-enforcement
agencies work together,” reports Network
World in a news article that comes off more like a glowing press release.
“The transition on carrier networks from circuit-switched phone calls
to IP packet data services has turned the world of wiretapping upside down.
With new laws requiring carriers to hand over information about subscribers’
e-mail and Web surfing, carriers and legal agencies need new tools that work
with each other.”
In other words, technology made it more difficult for the government to “wiretap”
phone calls over the internet, and so in “August 2004, the FCC ruled that
interconnected VoIP service providers will have to allow law enforcement wiretapping
under Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) by May 14, 2007.
A federal court upheld that ruling” last week.
Rest assured, the feds will only monitor calls made to the hundreds
of thousands of “al-Qaeda” members abroad.
Not to worry, since the Constitution is simply a “goddamn piece
of paper,” according to our cardboard cut-out president, a front man for
the “universal fascism” neocons, and besides, they are simply trying
to protect you from terrorists who “hate our way of life” and “our
freedom,” for instance the freedom to watch American Idol and consume
worthless, ephemeral crap.
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