Monday, December 19, 2005
Last Friday, the Old Gray Lady trumpeted the headline Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts - a "revealing" article detailing the efforts by America's shadowy NSA (oft referred to as "No Such Agency") to listen in on the conversations and communications of people - yes even some American citizens - suspected of terrorist activities.
The Gray Lady's revelatory article came out on the day the USA PATRIOT Act was up for debate in the US Senate and on just prior to the release of James Risen's book State of War - The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. The New York Times failed to mention this obvious conflict of interest. PR means cash flow, and the NYT is still subject to market forces.
Reaction from both sides of the political spectrum has been swift. Texas Senator John Cornyn stated:
I think it's a crying shame ... that we find that America's safety is endangered by the potential expiration of the Patriot Act in part because a newspaper has seen fit to release on the night before the vote on the floor on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act as part of a marketing campaign for selling a book.W reacted in much the same way, angrily reminding the Congressional Jackass Caucus their leaders had been briefed on the NSA program some twelve times since its inception. It seems that several Democrats, Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi included, reluctantly admitted to having been briefed on the program.
I grow weary of the constant groaning coming from the left about the tools used by those whose job it is to defend the liberty and freedom this country enjoys. I grow even wearier of their attempts to bind the hands that defend this nation with needless restrictions that only protect those who seek to do us harm.
No one can say for certain the tenets of the USA PATRIOT Act could or would have prevented the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. What has been proven, beyond a doubt, is that the policies and bureaucratic structure of the United States did nothing to facilitate the detection of the enemies in our midst. Such mistakes must be corrected - and through the PATRIOT Act, many of said mistakes were rectified and the administrative blockade of information sharing was torn down.
What I will state, here, for the record, is history will be very unforgiving of those who seek a return to the September 10th way of fighting terrorism, and protecting America and her interests. The price for such a return will be paid in blood. Make no mistake about it.
Dennis Miller once, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (I believe), summed up my feelings on the PATRIOT Act. He said "Attorney General Ashcroft, if you're going to spy on me, go right ahead. Just do it well enough so I don't know about it."
Terrorists should not feel safe or secure in this country. They should fear that everyone they deal with is out to get them. They should be paranoid that every single phone call, email, or instant message they send is being read, and that every knock at their door is a Federal agent prepared to send them to Allah.
The line has been drawn in the sand, and the Senate Jackass Caucus, along with some misguided RINOs are on the wrong side.
Here endeth the lesson.