Gen. Hayden, the nominee to head the CIA, is in hearings right now.
Senator Roberts is speaking right now. He, absurdly, suggests that, because he has been informed about NSA programmes, that they are therefore legal.
That because NSA administrators have a 'tightly run' programme, its therefore acceptable. He, in perhaps a bout of insanity, stated that all such
programmes undergo "Vigourous Oversight". He also states that the programme, which spys upon regular americans without any connection to terrorists,
is a "Terrorist Surveillance Program". This is called spin
The US government can not spy on american citizens in bulk, certianly not merely because we are at war, and certainly not merely because the Office of
the President authorizes it. Executive Orders don't get to supersede Constitutional Law. Oversight, precisely what Senator Roberts lied
in the above, is what, minimally, is needed. These programmes don't have oversight from the courts. They don't have oversight from the Special Top
Secret Courts. They don't have Oversight from Congress, despite the claim that 'some' people in Congress have been informed. That is especially
true since Roberts himself seems to think that any discussion or interruption of the programme is treason (ie, a breech of National Security).
Most absurdly, and perhaps showing the Senator Roberts is a clueless dolt, he claims that Zarqawi is a serious threat to the US that warrants these
kinds of actions. Zarqawi, as the Pentagon itself has admitted, is, while a very real individual terrorist, largely a fabrication of their own
design. An admitted psyops programme planted information in the media and new releases playing up the threat and ability of Zarqawi, creating a
mythos about him, in the hopes of 'galvinizing public support' for the war efforts.
Now, regardless of what you think about that, what kind of moron
cites a fabricated threat as a reason to accept the giving up of civil
liberties?? So take Senator Robert's 'humble opinion', as he says, for what its worth, nothing.
Now Senator Levin is speaking. Private citizens, without any connection to terrorists, are being spyed upon by the government, and the
telecommunications industry is being strong armed into illegally turning over records. Levin seems to imply that he has been breifed on the programme,
and is noting that people who have been informed and are permitted to speak about the programme have essentially confirmed the USA Today reports.
Levin states that there is a privacy issue with the NSA programme. He notes that 'its as if' the most acceptable portions of the secret programmes
are what are being leaked, implying that more
unacceptable programmes are operating. He also noted that there seems to be a dissonance with
the claims that 'only terrists are spyed on', when there are average citizens being snooped on in data mining operations.
*raises hand to head*I am getting a super-psychic transmission.....nothing will come of these proceedings......SNAFU....
Now Gen. Hayden is speaking. He's basically blathering and ignoring the discussion on civil liberties, government excess, and how to execute the war