Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Smackdown on NSA

I'd like to see a smackdown between Andy McCarthy and Bruce Fein on this NSA spying stuff. But the media would never do it, not with those two.

And Orin Kerr and Jonathan Turley can join in, too.

By the way, not that this is in the least surprising, but this NSA kerfuffle was, according to The NY Observer, the culmination of a 14-month struggle. That's right, it was first planned as an October Surprise for last year's Presidential election. I guess the spector of hollow man Dan Rather was too sobering for them to use it as planned in October, though.

Here's what I'm really forward to in the next few days. The campaign of denunciation about the NYTimes from the left, complaining they had the ability to lose Bush the election and sat on the story, partisan rightist hacks that they are!!!

You know it's coming. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

UPDATE: Don't you just love Cheney! [ Well I know not everyone does. But I do ]

Here's he speaking to some reporters aboard his plane yesterday:

Q Do you not understand, though, that some Americans are concerned to hear that their government is eavesdropping on these private conversations?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: What private conversations?

Q The private conversations between Americans and people overseas.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Which people overseas?

Q You tell me.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It's important that you be clear that we're talking about individuals who are al Qaeda or have an association with al Qaeda, who we have reason to believe are part of that terrorist network. There are two requirements, and that's one of them. It's not just random conversations. If you're calling Aunt Sadie in Paris, we're probably not really interested....

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Either we're serious about fighting the war on terror or we're not. Either we believe that there are individuals out there doing everything they can to try to launch more attacks, to try to get ever deadlier weapons to use against, or we don't. The President and I believe very deeply that there's a hell of a threat, that it's there for anybody who wants to look at it. And that our obligation and responsibility given our job is to do everything in our power to defeat the terrorists. And that's exactly what we're doing.

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