Saturday, December 24, 2005
IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE GIRLFRIEND...
TAKE A BREAK ALREADY...
YOU SURE DESERVE ONE!
by ThePATriot Blog™
Total Babe and Right Wing Mega Bloggerette MICHELLE MALKIN is all over the NEW YORK TIMES and their disgraceful continuation of Annonymous Sourced Leaked Information. (STORY)
'Twas the day before Christmas
And all through the Times
Hysteria reigned over
Bush's "impeachable crimes"...
Yes, the New York Times continues to show its disregard for our nation's security, publishing additional classified information about the NSA's much-hyped surveillance program. Now it's a report that the NSA program traced and analyzed huge numbers of calls to and from terrorist hotspots such as Afghanistan, not just those sent to or from suspected al Qaeda operatives:
The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries, they said.
As part of the program approved by President Bush for domestic surveillance without warrants, the N.S.A. has gained the cooperation of American telecommunications companies to obtain backdoor access to streams of domestic and international communications, the officials said....
What has not been publicly acknowledged is that N.S.A. technicians, besides actually eavesdropping on specific conversations, have combed through large volumes of phone and Internet traffic in search of patterns that might point to terrorism suspects. Some officials describe the program as a large data-mining operation.
Michelle (In her own sweet non-abrasive way) RIPS THE TIMES AN effin' NEW ONE as she points out mistake after mistake...
Today's New York Times article chases yesterday's Boston Globe report that the NSA program may have intercepted all electronic communications between the U.S. and overseas. According to the Globe, the NSA program "captures reams of data from satellites, fiberoptic lines, and Internet switching stations, and then uses a computer to check for names, numbers, and words that have been identified as suspicious."
Both the Globe article and today's Times article appear to contradict what the Times said in its original report about the breadth of monitoring being conducted under the NSA program:
While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it say the N.S.A. eavesdrops without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time. The list changes as some names are added and others dropped, so the number monitored in this country may have reached into the thousands since the program began, several officials said. Overseas, about 5,000 to 7,000 people suspected of terrorist ties are monitored at one time, according to those officials.
Based on the latest Times and Globe reports, it now appears that the NSA has been intercepting international phone calls and e-mails to and from perhaps millions of Americans, not just a few hundred or thousand as the Times initially asserted.
Michelle rightly ask...
Will the Times be issuing a correction?
That's gunna leave a cute Michelle mark! You go girl!
And she does...
The latest Times and Globe articles suggest that the NSA surveillance program monitored far more phone numbers and e-mail addresses than those obtained from captured al Qaeda operatives and their associates.
What other basic facts about the NSA program did the Times get wrong?
That extra year of reporting on the story doesn't seem to have been well spent, eh, Bill Keller?
Check and Checkmate Billy!
Go Michelle It's your birthday
Not for real real
Just for play play
And here's more ~~
Rick Moran at Rightwing Nuthouse is ticked off:
John Hinderaker weighs in too:
Scott Johnson: Thinking about the great liberator
Big Lizards: The Times' Reach Exceeds Its Grasp
Kevin Drum: What is the NSA up to?
DefenseTech: New tech behind NSA snoop case?
DefenseTech: NSA "tapping into... telecom's main arteries"
Richard Posner: Our domestic intelligence crisis
Kevin Drum: More on the NSA program
CNet: Inside Cisco's eavesdropping apparatus
Hugh Hewitt's interview with Univ. of Chicago professor Cass Sunstein
John Hinderaker: On the legality of the NSA electronic intercept program
Ya know... I'm making it my New Year's Resolution to get a shouts out from Michelle in 2006!
Hey... a Blogger can dream can't he?
PATriot Out -- Bounce