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Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
No Hiding Place
by Cordeiro
In what looks like an attempt to slide below the questionable journalistic ethics of the New York Times, the USA Today has published a front page blockbuster article exposing yet another example of the National Security Agency doing the job it was commissioned to do.

This is a transparent attempt to undermine the nomination of Air Force General Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Memo to jilted civil libertatians seeking to shape policy via well-timed leaks: Get over yourselves. You do not make policy, you execute the policies and programs dictated to you by the duly elected leadership of this nation. If you cannot square this policy with your deeply held, albeit misguided, personal belief system - resign and get out of the way. End of memo.

The left leaning Blogosphere and the MSM have done their level best to use this data mining program to convince the American people the W Administration is listening into every phone conversation and scouring every email sent by anyone to anyone. By so doing, they hope the American people can suspend their belief in reality so the premise will be accepted as fact.

Well, dear reader, let's explore a few facts about the communication world we live in. This is common sense - but nobody ever required the MSM to factor that into their world view.

First - the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs communicate one with another to further their murderous plans. They do this using the same manner of communication that you and I use. Common sense dictates that the interception of these communications is paramount to the successful prosecution of the Global War on Terror.

Second - a record of every single phone call (cellular or land line) is made by the communications provider over whose lines said phone call travels. This data is housed in the proprietary databases of the Telecom companies (Verizon, AT&T, Bell South, Qwest, etc). This record consists of the date, time, place, duration, and phone numbers involved in the call.

The previous NSA program, so patriotically exposed by the hapless New York Times had to do with the actual interception, recording, transcription and analysis of communications between suspected terrorists. The USA Today reporter, one Leslie Cauley, makes this startling - and also errant - claim that:

As a result, domestic call records - those of calls that originate and terminate within U.S. borders - were believed to be private.
I'm sorry Ms. Cauley, the only person making that assumption is yourself. No such assurances or guarantees were ever given. Nobody even bothered to ask about "domestic call records".

I know a few things about databases. This NSA database is billed as the largest database ever assembled in the history of data management. No single Telecom company holds all the information, and it's very likely the different Telecom companies use different database software for their own records.

The only entity with enough horsepower to effectively mine this data for the needed information - that being who the terrorists are talking to and where those phones are - is the NSA. Somewhere in the bits and bytes of records is where those who seek to do this nation harm are lurking.

There are many things in this world nobody should ever see being made. One is hot dogs, another is the political process, and the final one is the process of gathering intelligence. The details should not be front page fodder for the MSM.

Here endeth the lesson.

PS. Qwest - rethink your policy. Now.
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