Thursday, May 11, 2006

WHO ARE THEY REALLY PROTECTING

By Brandon and Advocate 1

At the risk of beating the proverbial dead horse, we just have to ask the obvious question. Why in the name of all that's precious under this Constitution would anyone want to believe George W. Bush when he says anything about anything or anyone?
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BUSH, Nazi Salute

In the last weeks of 2005, the Pretender From Texas claimed that he had only used these illegal wiretaps on a a few occasions; a few in the Pretender's mind amounting to approximately thirty incidents. But then, in December of last year, after the Pretender's initial denials, the truth finally came out. The NSA spying program was broader than the Pretender had admitted. Instead of a few isolated incidents, thousands of Americans' phone calls and emails had been intercepted. Instead of admitting the true nature of the program, Bush and his War Crime Regime unashamedly defended the practice, claiming that they were only intercepting communications between Americans and individuals who were not--repeat NOT--on American soil. And to sweeten the deal, the dragged out the memory of 911 and Osama Bin Laden, telling us that if someone on American soil is talking to someone from Al Qaida the government has a right to know about it. It was amazing. First the Pretender denied that the program even existed. Then he claimed that it had only been used on a few choice occasions. Then he had to defend the fact that it had been used on thousands of Americans, going so far as to tie the illegal practice to homeland security and the war on terror.

And now the whole truth has finally come out. Despite Administration attempts to frame the argument in terms of the war on terror, we now know that the NSA (National Socialistic Administration), with a little help from Verizon, Bell South, and our beloved AT &T, has been collecting tens of millions of phone calls between Americans on American soil That's right. The NSA has been acquiring a massive data bass of Americans' phone calls , even while the Pretender was assuring us that he was limiting the scope of the program those communications which involved a foreign participant. And it gets even worse. Bush is still trying frame the argument in terms of al Quaida and the war on terror --as if millions of Americans are now in league with militant Islamcists.

We can hear the Pretender's backers even now: "If you aren't guilty of something you don't have anything to worry about." As if that were even relevant to the situation at hand. Contrary to right wing delusions, the dirty little secret in all of this is that this Administration is so highly political about everything that you really have to wonder why it would want to acquire a data bass of our private phone calls. Is this for security purposes--the all too often phony claim of many a despotic leader and regime--or is to collect personal information on would be political opponents. Granted, this is an accusation that we have leveled at the Pretender and his merry band of Constitution shredders for some time now, but when a Pretender and the people around him repeatedly lie and distort the truth, you have to wonder why they weren't honest about the situation in the first place.

Claiming that you have nothing to worry about if you haven't done something wrong is, for all intents and purposes, a non answer. It's a lame response from a lame regime which has proven time and time again that the only time it can tell the truth is when it does so by accident. Or when the truth comes out and it is forced to confess and go on the offensive. According to the Powers that be, the calls haven't been listened too--merely collected. But that only raises another question. What are they going to do with these calls? Are they going to be deleted at some point? Or will they fall into the hands of unscrupulous people who will use them to blackmail others..

That is not as far fetched as it may seem. Indeed, it is not far fetched at all. Many of us still remember the abuses of J Edgar Hoover, and the corrupt manner in which he turned the FBI into an instrument of political persecution, collecting information on political opponents and either using that information to blackmail others or surreptitiously releasing that information to cause strife for the people he chose to persecute--the most famous example being Martin Luther King Junior, whose extra marital affairs were released n the hope that such revelations might destroy both, King's marriage and the civil rights movement.

Who's to say that at some point in the future you, or I, or someone we respect deeply, might decide to run for office, only to learn that some corrupt official in the NSA had leaked embarrassing political or personal information to a potential rival. Mind you, the information contained in this data bass does not have to pertain to illegal activities--merely personal and/or political matters which might prove harmful to a potential candidate and his friends and/or loved ones.

Ditto to the business world. Do we really want the NSA to collect trade secrets and marketing strategies which might be sold to a competing business? Do we really want personal information about a business leader to end up in the hands of a corporate rival? If the government wants to obtain information on an American corporation there are Constitutional ways to go about it. For example, the GOP might consider calling the Oil Company executives back to Washington and actually putting them under oath before they testify before the House and Congress.

The kind of broad-based intrusion which see under the Pretender From Texas only creates a climate of self-censorship, stifling debate because people are afraid that remarks made during the course of a supposedly private conversation will be misconstrued or taken out of context. Despite claims that domestic spying will project our liberties, the practice only deprives us of our freedom of speech by creating a climate in which we are afraid to say anything controversial.

Again, the question must be asked. Is Bush trying to project us from international terrorism, or is he trying to protect himself from just criticism? Judging from the manner in which the Pretender flip flops whenever the truth finally comes out the answer is obviously the latter.





1 comment:

BEAST said...

As I wrote in the previous article:

The way Bush taps the homes of American citizens, there is always a procedure through the courts to justify his actions.

He chose to ignore the courts altogether, due to the "executive" rights "vested' upon him by an equally dubious "Patriot Act", which is the problem.

Without the courts knowing the extent of phone tapping operations, there is always a huge possibility of abusing the rights and misusing the information for Bush's own cooperate needs.

So,there you go. Another fascist in the making.